Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Towanda, Pennsylvania

Digging into the archives again, for some shots taken in downtown Towanda, Pennsylvania. Towanda is the county seat of Bradford County and home to the historical courthouse. It sits along the main branch of the Susquehanna River. The Susquehanna River flows upstream from it's source at Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, New York. It travels through Binghamton, New York and joins the Chemung River in Athens, Pennsylvania, and then flows south through the Endless Mountains to towns with names such as Wyalusing, Laceyville, Meshoppen, Tunkhannock, and Wilkes Barre, Nanticoke and Bloomsburg.

The Susquehanna River travels the entire length of Pennsylvania, through the state capital of Harrisburg after it joins the West Branch of the Susquehanna in Northumberland, Pennsylvania. The bridge in the photo connects Towanda with East Towanda/Wysox on the eastern side of the river.

The Susquehanna River is the longest river that drains into the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern coast of the United States. It flows through three states: New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland, and it provides the largest source of fresh water to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

The name "Towanda" is the Algonquin Indian name for "burial ground." Towanda was settled in 1784, and incorporated in 1828. It was at one time a center of the lumbering industry. Towanda is home to many historic Victorian homes and buildings, some dating back to the early 1800's.

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