Pike County: A Peak of Natural Perfection

“I went through a constant succession of scenery that would have been famous had it existed anywhere in Europe.” – Washington Irving   Shaped roughly like a diamond, Pike County is situated in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier, bordering the Delaware River on the cast across from the states of New York and New Jersey. The northwestern side of the diamond lies in Lake...
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Letters to the Editor

Eastern State! I was keenly interested in William C. Kashatus’ article in the Winter 1999 issue [“‘Punishment, Penitence, and Reform’: Eastern State Penitentiary and the Controversy Over Solitary Confinement”]. I have something to add. In Pennsylvania Forestry, 1912-1913, an official report of the Department of Forestry, under a section showing activities in the...
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Letters to the Editor

Bridge It I noticed what appears to be an error in a photo caption in the article on Pennsylva¬≠nia’s bridges [“Bridging the Past for the Future” by Eric DeLony, Winter 2000]. On page 14, in reference to the third picture in the center of the page, the caption indicates “Sharon Bridge, Mercer County, submerged by flood waters in March 1913.” The Sharon bridge in this...
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Letters to the Editor

Over The Top! I enjoyed the Gifford Pinchot story in the Winter 2004 issue [“‘He, On the Whole, Stood First’: Gifford Pinchot,” by Kenneth C. Wolensky], particularly because there is an anecdote that was told to me many, many years ago by Henry Masker, who was the water¬≠craft concessionaire at Promised Land State Park in Pike County. During World War I, Masker and...
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