The Centre Furnace site includes the Centre Furnace Mansion, furnace stack (pictured here), and surrounding eight acres. This National Register site represents the 18th century beginnings of the charcoal iron industry in this area and a small portion of the late 18th-century ironmaking village once located here.
Light fog hangs over Oil Creek, just south of Titusville in Oil Creek State Park. The park is home to several waterfalls and over fifty miles of hiking trails, in addition to providing a historical perspective on the early petroleum industry.
This photo was taken during a program offered by the Tiadaghton State Forest staff, titled "Marcellus Shale and Natural Gas Development on Pennsylvania State Forest Lands." The program was part of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Eastern Section Conference. These wellheads, nicknamed Christmas trees, are on a pad in the Tiadaghton State Forest. Visit the PA DCNR website to learn morem about Natural Gas Development and State Forests.
From the Ridley Creek State Park website: "Ridley Creek State Park encompasses over 2,606 acres of Delaware County woodlands and meadows. The gently rolling terrain of the park, bisected by Ridley Creek, is only 16 miles from center city Philadelphia. Within the park boundaries was a small 18th century village, which grew up around the site of a mill. Now known as Sycamore Mills, the area had been previously named Bishop’s Mill and Providence Mill. The miller’s house, the office and library, and several small mill workers’ dwellings are currently used as private residences. The park area has been designated as the Ridley Creek State Park Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. Park property was purchased in the 1960s with Project 70 funds, and developed with Land and Water Conservation Fund moneys. Park facilities were dedicated to public use in August of 1972."
The "ghost town" that even lost its zip code, Centralia still fascinates Earth scientsits and non-scientists alike with the underground fire that still burns to this day. At times, plumes of smoke can still be seen coming from the ground.