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Travel History

Valleys of the Susquehanna


Marker Location:
US 22 & 322, 1.7 miles E of Lewistown

Dedication Date:
March 28, 1947

Behind the Marker

A colorful map with a close up of Mifflin County, where roads, railroad routes, canals and rivers intersect.
Map of part of Mifflin County, PA, circa 1839.
In many ways, Mifflin County is the crossroads of the Commonwealth. Located near the geographic center of the state, the area became a hub for traffic moving in every direction.

Early roads crisscrossed the region, but it was the eventual construction of the markerPennsylvania Canal and the railroads that followed that truly positioned Mifflin County as an economic force in the state.

Millions of tons of raw goods and produce flowed through Mifflin County during the nineteenth century. Among the staples found on the canal boats and the railcars were iron ore, coal, flour, butter, and whiskey. Thousands of passengers also passed through the county. Countless numbers of immigrants on their way to markerJohnstown, Pittsburgh, and beyond gazed out from their canal boats and train cars at the bustling traffic and the scenic hills of Mifflin County.

Places such as Lewistown, the county seat, saw their economies expand dramatically as entrepreneurs launched companies to construct canal boats or build inns offering lodging for travelers and workers.

At its zenith, Mifflin County was one of the busiest centers for cargo and passenger traffic in the United States. But with the demise of the canal system, Mifflin County eventually lost its place as a major transportation hub.
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