The Headless Frenchman of the Kettle Creek Valley: Part Two

The Kettle Creek Valley Note: The first part of The Headless Frenchman of the Kettle Creek Valley can be found here: Part One As I stood looking over the Kettle Creek Reservoir, I knew I had more questions about the restless spirit the roams the valley. H. Cranmer, who was the “expert” on the ghost of … Continue reading The Headless Frenchman of the Kettle Creek Valley: Part Two

The Headless Frenchman of the Kettle Creek Valley: Part One

The Kettle Creek Valley I stepped out of the vehicle and took in the view of the Kettle Creek Reservoir. Nearby, the Alvin R. Bush Dam continues to serve its function of flood control. The dam forever changed the valley as it flooded former homesteads. Note: More about how the erection of the Alvin R. … Continue reading The Headless Frenchman of the Kettle Creek Valley: Part One

The Ghosts of Ole Bull

Kettle Creek Valley. Postcard a part of the author's personal collection A recent journey took me northward, into the wilds of north-central Pennsylvania to explore one of my favorite parts of the state. The goal of the day’s journey was the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum and I was joined on this trip by two classmates, Lindsey … Continue reading The Ghosts of Ole Bull

Potter County’s Phantom Hitchhiker

Foggy morning in north-central Pennsylvania The peacefulness of the early morning was broken only by the sound of wind blowing through the trees. Fog still clung to the mountaintops as I explored the Black Forest region of north-central Pennsylvania. At the moment, I was enjoying the quietness of Ole Bull State Park, straining to hear … Continue reading Potter County’s Phantom Hitchhiker

Simeon Pfoutz: Lord of the Kettle Creek Valley

Monument for Simeon and Susannah Pfoutz, Kettle Creek The wind whipped around me as I stepped out of the vehicle at the Alvin Bush Dam overlook. From the overlook along State Route 4001, I had a view of the dam and the southern end of the Kettle Creek Reservoir, one that was breath-taking and absolutely … Continue reading Simeon Pfoutz: Lord of the Kettle Creek Valley

Dorcie Calhoun: A Man With A Vision

The Kettle Creek Project The grave of Dorcie Calhoun, New Maple Grove Cemetery Author's Note: This article continues the story that started in last week’s entry, "The Kettle Creek Project.” It started with a dream so vivid it would stay with the young man for years. In this dream, the young man was shown a … Continue reading Dorcie Calhoun: A Man With A Vision