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  1. #1
    us
    Dec 2008
    Berks Co. PA
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    Pennsylvania Ghost Towns

    Don't know if this was posted on here before. A Friend loaned me this book called Pennsylvania Ghost Towns by Susan Hutchison Tassin. Published in 2007 for $10.95. He got it from the library.
    Here is a list of the towns:

    McKean County:
    Teutonia
    Betula
    Norwich
    Gardeau
    Clermont

    Venango County:
    Pithole City
    Petroleum Center

    Elk County:
    Straight
    Loleta
    Instanter

    Clearfield County:
    Peale

    Center County:
    Scotia

    Clinton County:
    Revelton
    Eagleton
    Peacock
    Rock Cabin
    Fort Reed
    Keating

    Union County:
    Alvira

    Lycoming County:
    Fort Antes
    Masten

    Northumberland County:
    Fort Agusta
    Fort Freeland

    Potter County:
    New Norway
    Austin

    Cameron County:
    Hicks Run

    Sullivan County:
    Ricketts
    Celestia

    Bradford County:
    Azilum
    Laquin

    Columbia County:
    Centralia

    Luzerne County:
    Ecklet

    Washington County:
    Beelor's Fort
    Rice's Fort
    Well's Fort

    Beaver County:
    Old Economy Village

    Allegheny County:
    Couch's Fort
    Dillow's Fort

    Indiana County:
    Iselin
    Whiskey Run
    Wehrum

    Perry County:
    Pandemonia

    Huntington County:
    Greenwood Furnace

    Blair County:
    Fort Roberdeau

    Philadelphia:
    Eastern State Penitentiary??

    Lancaster County:
    Ephrata Cloister

    Lebanon County:
    Rausch Gap
    Cold Spring Resort

    Chester County:
    Frick's Lock's

    It's a very good book and worth the money. If anyone wants more information in the next day or two let me know and I'll post it.

    Paul





    "If your not living on the edge your taking up too much room."

  2. #2
    us
    Aug 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
    White's Vision, White's 6000DI Pro
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    Re: Pennsylvania Ghost Towns

    I've seen the listing in some manner somewhere.

    Just some info....

    Pithole: Clearly posted "NO METAL DETECTING" (Made a long drive there for nothing once.)

    Old Economy Village: Run by the historical commission...No detecting there either. Person on site most times. (I lived about a mile from here.)

    Austin: An active town, not a ghost town. They did rebuild a lot. (Visit this town frequently) But!!! The flood left a lot of debris for miles down the creek. Lost safes, part of the business district wiped out, houses, people etc. Gonna make an attempt to detect below the town along the creek bed hopefully beginning this April when we can take vacations from work. Been studying old and new maps, terraine, etc. Think I might figure out where the goodies ended up. Been a dream of mine for years.

    Al
    I think...therefore I am.

  3. #3
    us
    Dec 2008
    Berks Co. PA
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    Re: Pennsylvania Ghost Towns

    Your right Al.

    From the book:

    Pithole-"It is illegal to treasure hunt here; leave your metal detector at home".
    Sounds like this was a wild town in the 500 day's it existed.

    Old Economy Village-"Owned and managed by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission."
    I remember seeing this on a website or TV, it looked beautiful.

    Austin-"Today the modern town of Austin sits on or near the site of the earlier lumber town".
    Good luck finding the goodies.

    The lumber towns fascinate me because even if you are not able to get access to the old town there should be sites in the woods near by where the lumberjacks lived.
    "If your not living on the edge your taking up too much room."

  4. #4
    us
    Aug 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
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    Re: Pennsylvania Ghost Towns

    Old Economy Village is beautiful! The Penn State Master Gardener's maintain most of the gardens. I was one but I had other assignments. They give a tour and explain the history...well worth it. They now operate on a limited schedule because funding was cut off by the state. Now it's all done by volunteers.

    And Austin....you should see the pics of it during the lumbering heydays. Not a tree standing anywhere for as far as the eye could see on the mountains. That's why they finally built the pulp mill that built the dam that burst. Just crap lumber left over to turn into paper. It was this kind of lumbering that finally brought regulations to the lumbering industry. Guess they realized that no trees meant no more lumber and erosion...etc.

    Pithole...grrrr!!! Can't believe you can't detect it. Nicely mowed expanse with the obvious indents in the ground where the houses were. Made me want to cry. Guess the nicely mowed part is what they want to protect. Afraid we'll leave gopher holes or something or waiting for the archeologists to dig up the rusted clumps that they waited too long for to retrieve.

    Oh well...lots of other good places to go for sure.

    Al

    I think...therefore I am.

  5. #5
    us
    May 2008
    Pennsylvania
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    Re: Pennsylvania Ghost Towns

    I know of one in Erie County, don't know if it's in that book though. In Western Erie County there was a town called Lexington.It was one of the very first setlements in the area. There is nothing there now except farmland and trees. At one time it had a store, blacksmith, train station, and a church among other things. There are still some houses in the area. I have not yet figured out who owns the property. If you want to go I will tell you where it is but you gotta take me with you, lol.

  6. #6
    us
    Apr 2011
    Pennsylvania
    White's M6, Tesoro Tiger Shark
    13
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Pennsylvania Ghost Towns

    Very cool book indeed.

    You can cross the Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County off your list. It is very much alive and well, complete with a museum, tours, gift shop, and yes, a fee to enter. Well worth the money, but your metal detector won't have a prayer of making it out of the parking lot!
    But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

  7. #7
    us
    Oct 2007
    Chester County, PA
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    Re: Pennsylvania Ghost Towns

    Frick's Lock is patroled by police, has signs posted and they are really cracking down since some teens set a fire to one of the buildings. The neighbors will also call the cops on you. Truly a bummer! I'm 10 minutes from there...

  8. #8
    us
    Sep 2010
    southeast PA
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    Re: Pennsylvania Ghost Towns

    Quote Originally Posted by CanUDigIt
    Frick's Lock is patroled by police, has signs posted and they are really cracking down since some teens set a fire to one of the buildings. The neighbors will also call the cops on you. Truly a bummer! I'm 10 minutes from there...
    it was real thick and trashy when i hunted there about 18 years ago but still a cool area to wonder around
    down and dirty

  9. #9
    us
    Jun 2011
    26

    Re: Pennsylvania Ghost Towns

    Tioga County- Town of Landrus Mid to late 1800's - Located on Landrus Rd between Morris and Arnot

  10. #10
    us
    Oct 2007
    Northeastern PA
    F-75, Fisher 1280x, Explorer II, DFX, V3i, XP Deus
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    Re: Pennsylvania Ghost Towns

    Quote Originally Posted by Wampum
    Tioga County- Town of Landrus Mid to late 1800's - Located on Landrus Rd between Morris and Arnot
    FYI - Landrus is on state forest land and your not allowed to hunt it.
    HH - Schultzie

  11. #11
    us
    Jun 2011
    26

    Re: Pennsylvania Ghost Towns

    Good thing I never went there.

  12. #12
    mx
    Nov 2011
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    I bought the book and was very disappointed. The author very obviously has simply ripped her information from the Internet and never been to these places. The book is verbatim from websites about these towns. Nothing beats true field work and new information about these places. If you're going to uncover new places or leads to search....it won't be in commercialized books such as these. Get into the archives of libraries and historical centers and read the newspapers etc....Look in the mining records and lumber history.....that's where you'll find the ghost towns of Pennsylvania!

    Or you could just go to the groups on TreasureNet and ask to join the North Central Pennsylvania Ghost Towns Group.

  13. #13
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    Jan 2011
    Oley, Berks County, Pa
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    Quote Originally Posted by bodkin55 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wampum
    Tioga County- Town of Landrus Mid to late 1800's - Located on Landrus Rd between Morris and Arnot
    FYI - Landrus is on state forest land and your not allowed to hunt it.
    Actually, you ARE allowed to detect on State Forest land, as long as it is not one of their natural areas. Certain restrictions do apply, of course. This info was confirmed early last year, by the DCNR.
    TreasureWriter likes this.

  14. #14
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    Oct 2007
    Northeastern PA
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikhen View Post
    Actually, you ARE allowed to detect on State Forest land, as long as it is not one of their natural areas. Certain restrictions do apply, of course. This info was confirmed early last year, by the DCNR.
    I have a letter that states otherwise. If you point me in the direction of where you found that information it would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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    HH - Schultzie

  15. #15
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    Apr 2007
    Mertztown, Pa
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    Your letter specifically states historical areas. The second page of your letter is the policy for non historical areas. Historical areas would be one of the restrictions mik was referring to.

 

 
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