The Great Lewistown Train Robbery

Fog lingered on the Juniata River as I pulled into the parking area at the Lewistown Narrows Boat Access. Here the Juniata meanders between the Blue and Shade Mountains on its journey towards Amity Hall and its confluence with the Susquehanna River. Getting out of the vehicle, I walked down to the water’s edge to … Continue reading The Great Lewistown Train Robbery

The Ghosts of Ole Bull

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 and Evie. My traveling companions for the day did not realize … Continue reading The Ghosts of Ole Bull

The Lost Treasure of Kinzua

It all started with an email from Stephanie. The former college classmate's message had brought me once again into the beautiful area of the Kinzua Valley of northern Pennsylvania. Her brief email asked me what I knew about the lost loot of Kinzua. I replied with what little I knew about the lost treasure at … Continue reading The Lost Treasure of Kinzua

The Battle of Blanket Hill

Zech spotted the familiar blue historical marker in the distance. We had been following Route 422, headed westward towards Kittanning. The route, though it doesn't follow the exact route of the Frankstown Path, still gives a sense of the long journey that the captives were forced to take and Colonel Armstrong's men used on their … Continue reading The Battle of Blanket Hill