The adventure below is the latest in a series sharing my quest to explore Pennsylvania by visiting each of the sixty-seven county seats and eating a hot dog while in town.
The next stop on our quest was Clearfield in Clearfield County created March 26 1804. My Jane and I had been celebrating her Dad’s birthday in Western Pennsylvania and were heading back home on Interstate 80. Clearfield is situated just off 80 on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. The early industry in the area was lumber so being on the river was necessary to float logs down river to the saw mills. Clearfield was floating logs until 1917. Coal mining and tourism are the main industries of the area today. I couldn’t find any real reason for the name. Originally the town was named Chinklacamoose by the first settlers in the state. Chinklacamoose was a stop along the Great Shamokin Path which began in Shamokin (Sunbury today) and Kittanning. There are several spellings of this name for the village floating around the internet. Maybe the white settlers couldn’t agree on the spelling so they changed the name to Clearfield which is relatively easy to spell! Some reports claim the name was decided upon because there were so many clear fields around the place. That just seems too easy to me!!
Clearfield County has a pretty fine fair each year. From August 2 to 8 this year is the 155 year the fair has been happening.
Once again we were traveling on a Sunday and the sun was going down when we visited Clearfield. Fortunately the Antique Mart Co-op was closed so My Jane could not overlook the merchandise. She was not too upset because she had overlooked that merchandise on a previous visit to Clearfield.
I had to take a photo of the cool ‘period’ moving theater a block from the courthouse.
See you next time.