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On this ‘Selfie Quest for Hotdogs; A Tour of Pennsylvania County Seats’ one of my goals has been to introduce you to Pennsylvania. I realize I have forgotten to give you a couple of introductions to three County Seats we have visited. I must have been drinking too much Sweet Cherry Wine and forgot to finish my articles about Clarion, Columbia and Butler Counties. So, here is a quick introduction to those three counties. Clarion and Columbia Counties are near Interstate 80 with Clarion to the west and Columbia to the East. Clarion is the County Seat of Clarion County and Bloomsburg is the County Seat of Columbia County. Both County Seats are home to Universities of the same name.

Columbia County was created on March 22, 1813, from part of Northumberland County (We haven’t eaten here yet.) and named for Columbia, a poetic name for the United States as heard in the popular song of the time “Hail Columbia”.

Columbia CO

Clarion County was created March 11, 1839, from parts of Venango and Armstrong counties we haven’t eaten in these counties either), and named for the Clarion River which was the dividing line between Venango and Armstrong counties. If you have ever driven across Pennsylvania on Interstate 80 you might remember the bridge that is the highest one in Pennsylvania. That bridge over the Allegheny River near Emlenton is in Clarion County.

Clarion Co

Butler County is in Western Pennsylvania in the center of the State near Interstate 79. the County was named for Maj General Richard Butler, who died at the Battle of the Wabash in 1791. General Butler was a very popular guy. Butler County, Ohio, Butler County Kentucky, the County Seat of Butler County Pennsylvania and the General Richard Butler Bridge located in Butler, PA are all named for him. The County was created March 12, 1800 from part of Allegheny County.


I hope these ‘fun facts’ have been helpful to you as you share this quest with my Jane and Me.

See you next time.