The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 66
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66 The Southwestern Historical' Quarterly
Monday [March] 14. Left Williamsport at 9 A. M. in Com-
pany with a Mr. Wilson a very fine intelligent old gentleman who
was on his way to Portsmouth Ohio. We started out in a very
handsome Comfortable pleasure sleigh nicely rigged up, passed
through Newberry, Jersey Shore to Bellefonte. found a very
handsome country Our road lay through handsome Valleys, came
up the West Branch Canal, to Lock Port and Lockhaven also
passed a number of excavations for mining Iron Ore about 3 or 4
miles before entering Bellefonte. Very good bridges and toler-
able barn houses rather devoid of taste both with regard to struc-
ture and architecture. I saw one situation I liked very much,
large house with two wings but when we came to the further wing
I found the front part hung with saddles harness etc. Some of
the scenery between Williamsport and Bellefonte is beautiful, but
the most beautiful is the river as it winds its way down the Valley
the banks frequently very high and abrupt and looking as tho'
the river (the West Branch of the Susquehannah) had cut its way
through the level valley leaving some very handsome islands of
300 or 400 acres. Below Lockport is a dam making a fall of from
6 to 8 feet which is unimproved and presents great advantages for
Manufacturing and Milling. The bridges, Locks and acqueducts
on this Canal are certainly far superior to those on the Erie in
point of workmanship and material. The acqueducts and Locks
are of squared stone dressed very handsomely. I pass'd many trib-
utaries to the Branch-Bellefonte is a small town consisting of
one tolerably good street running within 15 degrees of N and S
one st. running from the main st. nearly west about the same size
the balance are principally small in no order, buildings are mostly
of stone, little taste, two large brick blocks painted red and pen-
cilled-look very well; it is 52 miles from Williamsport.
Tuesday [March] 15th. Left at 8 A. M. in a miserable old sled,
wet cushions poor rigging altogether a great contrast to our last
outfit and we rather disgusted passed through a very pretty Coun-
try for a short distance when it Commenced to be rough Stony
and hilly abounding in Iron ore. We passed by a number of fur-
naces and forges also many teams hauling ore. When we got
about half our days travel we exchanged our old sled for an old
covered Dearborn wagon so small we could scarcely get our bag-
gage in then I was uproarious; I wished the old Dearborn and
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922, periodical, 1922; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101082/m1/72/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.