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Picturesque Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, within a territory of 46,000 square miles, has many sections remarkable for natural scenery and picturesqueness [sic]. The beauties of the famed vale of Wyoming; the charms of the noted valley of the "blue Juniata"; the attractiveness of the fertile Cumberland Valley; the loveliness of the populous Lehigh, Schuylkill, Tioga, and Tulpehocken river valleys, and many other delightful views of river and creek, of vale and mountain, from the Delaware River over to the State of Ohio, and from New York down to Maryland, have alike charmed and been extolled by the nature-loving tourist, and are each alike endeared to their respective inhabitants. And all these pleasing sights have more or less of historic and romantic association that add much to their interest. In fact, everywhere Pennsylvanians love Pennsylvania. And it is not in the least strange that the red man clung so tenaciously to his beautiful birthright, to his grand hunting grounds, and to the graves of his kindred and ancestors; and that as long as he was able he resisted the encroachments and land-greed of the white man. But Fate was against him. Was the aged chief Cornplanter wrong when, in his famous memorial to the Legislature of Pennsylvania in 1822, he said: "The land we live on was received by our fathers from God, and they transmitted it to us for our children. You claim it as ceded to you by the King of England. We deny that it ever belonged to the King of England, and he had no right in it to cede to you."

  • Gernerd, J. M. M., The Muncy Valley: Snap-Shots of Scenery, Geology and History, 1909, Press of the Gazette and Bulletin, Williamsport PA
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