How does one go about beginning a quest to eat a hot dog in every county seat in Pennsylvania? A person could simply start driving in random directions looking for a county seat. A person could find a map of Pennsylvania and mark the county seats. A person might ask for directions from friends or ask their iphone for directions. And how does one determine the order of visits to hot dog shops? I don’t know! Here is what I did. I Goggled a map of the counties in Pennsylvania and saved it to Power Point. The map has each county outlined and colored a different hue to distinguish one from the other. The county seat name is printed on each county or near to it depending on the size of the county. I printed the map so I had a copy for display and one for in the car. This map did not have roads included so I drew roughly the major east/west and north/south highways on my hard copies i.e. routes 80, 30, 81 and 79. Now I had a visual idea of how far I needed to travel to each county seat. Of course this step does not allow for the true turns and bends that almost all Pennsylvania roads travel around mountains farmers’ fields, rivers and telephone poles and strip mines. Next I divided the state into six quadrants; North East, North Central, North West, South West, South Central and South East as follows:

North East Counties

Honesdale                          Wayne

Milford                                 Pike

Montrose                            Susquehanna

Towanda                             Bradford

Tunkhannock                     Wyoming

Scranton                              Lackawanna

Laporte                                                Sullivan

Wilkes-Barre                      Luzerne

Stroudsburg                       Monroe

Jim Thorpe                          Carbon

Bloomsburg                        Columbia

Danville                                                Montour

Pottsville                             Schuylkill

Laporte                                                Sullivan


North Central Counties

Wellsboro                           Tioga

Williamsport                       Lycoming

Lewisburg                           Union

Coudersport                      Potter

Smethport                          McKean

Ridgeway                            Elk

Emporium                           Cameron

Clearfield                             Clearfield

Lock Haven                         Clinton

Bellefonte                           Centre

Lewistown                          Mifflin

Middleburg                        Snyder

Sunbury                               Northumberland (Squeeze In suggested by Dana Williams)


North West Counties

Warren                                 Warren

Erie                                        Erie

Meadville                            Crawford

Mercer                                 Mercer

Franklin                                                Venango

Tionesta                               Forest

Brookville                            Jefferson

Kittanning                           Armstrong

Butler                                    Butler

Beaver                                  Beaver

Clarion                                  Clarion

New Castle                         Lawrence


South West Counties

Pittsburgh                           Allegheny

Washington                        Washington

Waynesburg                      Greene

Uniontown                         Fayette

Greensburg                        Westmoreland

Somerset                            Somerset

Indiana                                 Indiana

Ebensburg                          Cambria

Bedford                               Bedford

Hollidaysburg                     Blair


South Central Counties

McConnellsburg               Fulton

Huntington                         Huntington

Mifflintown                        Juniata

New Bloomfield                              Perry

Carlisle                                  Cumberland

Chambersburg                  Franklin

Gettysburg                         Adams

York                                       York

Harrisburg                           Dauphin

Lebanon                              Lebanon

Lancaster                             Lancaster


South East Counties

West Chester                    Chester

Media                                   Delaware

Norristown                         Montgomery

Philadelphia                       Philadelphia

Doylestown                        Bucks

Reading                                                Berks

Allentown                           Lehigh

Easton                                  Northampton


It might be simpler to just go buy a hot dog at the grocery store and grill it over the campfire! Maybe this is what makes the quest arduous!