Blacklick Valley and Beyond


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July 24, 2010

Above: The trail to Dilltown; The Blacklick ("sulfur crick") south of Vintondale; a pavillion.

Click any of the small photos for a full-size view.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about biking the Twin Rocks to Vintondale segment of the Ghost Town Trail with my grand-daughter. Last Sunday, the hubby and I biked the Vintondale to Dilltown section. I have to say, except for the deplorable condition of the Blacklick Creek with it's rusty appearance caused by mine pollutants, I've adopted that stretch of the GTT as my favorite to bike. It's relatively level, very well maintained (kudos to Indiana County) and the scenery is pleasing to the nature lover's eye. The Trail runs parallel to the Blacklick Creek that with few exceptions along the way is visible the entire length of the trail. I counted two small picnic pavilions as well as several conveniently spaced benches where one could catch a breather.

Above: seen on the trail. Click for a full-size view.

Bushes with crimson berries, the name of which I haven't a clue, orange Trout Lillies, yellow Black-eyed Susans, and many other colorful perennials decorate the trail sides and offer some nice photo-ops.

Unlike the section of the Trail from Rexis to Red Mill, which I find a bit spooky in some places, I felt safe on the Vintondale to Dilltown segment. Maybe it was the close proximity of the highway that contributed to that feeling of safety, for many sections are within a few yards of the highway, a comfort if you need assistance.

The town of Wehrum no longer exists but the bony pile from the days when it was another of Blacklick Valley's coal towns stands tall and foreboding ...a black mound that juts high above the greenery of the summer landscape. The four-wheelers have found it as noted by the many trails that meander through the brush at its base

Hope you enjoy the photos.

Wehrum historical marker; Wehrum bony pile; Hobe on the trail. Click for full-size view.


July history items

1922: Nanty Glo Fire Co. Buys Howe Reo Fire Engine.

1924: Beech Nut Chewing Tobacco sold for ten cents/pack.

1926: No fatalities last year at Heisley operations.

1931: The old Grand Theatre is being rebuilt.

1933: Fire destroyed the Davis Lumber Mill recently bought at bankruptcy sale for $60.

1934: Rip Collins Day at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

1952: C&I Railroad selling company houses at Nanty Glo and Colver.

1977: Johnstown again hit by flooding which killed 68 people.

Funny Bones

After finishing his examination, the doctor looked at his patient and said. "I can't find the exact cause or your trouble, but it's probably due to drinking too much." The patient replied, "Gee, I'm sorry to hear that, Doc. I'll come back when you're sober."



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