Along the Way: The Blue Mountain Airplane Crash

Standing at the Three Square Hollow Vista, I took in the view of the Cumberland Valley. Far below was the community of Newville and on the far side of the valley, South Mountain rose majestically, draped in the green splendor of Michaux State Forest. Here, on the northern side of the Cumberland Valley, vultures drifted … Continue reading Along the Way: The Blue Mountain Airplane Crash

The Phantom Plane Incident

Note: Before you say “I read on other sites that this incident happened near Duncannon and not Newville,” I want to state this incident has been recorded incorrectly in many modern reports and articles, which places it in the Dark Hollow region west of Duncannon, along Route 274. There is a Dark Hollow on State … Continue reading The Phantom Plane Incident

The Fall of Flight 624

  Note: The site of the plane crash is on private property. Please DO NOT trespass on posted lands. “Are you sure he's buried here?” Mike asked as the two of us spread out and searched the stones among the freshly cut grass. “The newspaper article I read said the grave was at the back … Continue reading The Fall of Flight 624

Hiking the James Cleveland Trail

On May 24, 1931 Airmail Pilot James "Jimmy" Cleveland lost his life when his plane failed to clear Mount Nittany and crashed near the top of the mountain above Centre Hall. I grew up knowing the history of the crash and though I knew there was a memorial for James Cleveland at the top of … Continue reading Hiking the James Cleveland Trail

Along the Way: Patsy Cline

I arrived at the Shenandoah Memorial Cemetery, situated south of Winchester, Virginia along the Front Royal Pike, as fog was beginning to settle on the landscape. Stepping out of the vehicle, I opened my notebook and was in the process of reading the information for the grave I sought when a car pulled up next … Continue reading Along the Way: Patsy Cline