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December 9, 2019

The Legend of the Thunderbird

The legend of the thunderbird goes back to the Native Americans. These oversized birds were said to hide out in the forest, and if one was spotted, it meant there was a storm on the way. Over the last hundred years or so, there have still been sightings along the I-80 Frontier, Pine Creek Valley, Dark Skies, and Elk Country landscapes of the Pennsylvania Wilds.

May 24, 2019

Bigfoot sightings in the Pennsylvania Wilds

Bigfoot, a bipedal, humanoid land mammal, with shaggy hair and huge feet, known for leaving tracks wherever he goes, is popular because he’s so often sighted. Bigfoot is spotted all over the country. And of course that includes the PA Wilds.

April 29, 2019

The Lost Treasure Of John Reaville

In Clinton County, very near where Elk Country meets the I-80 Frontier in the Pennsylvania Wilds, there’s a spot in the forest. It involves old ruins, history, and even a lost treasure. It’s now a part of Sproul State Forest, but once it was a busy mining town, and it was called Revelton.

December 23, 2018

A Henry Shoemaker Christmas Story

Henry Shoemaker -- an environmentalist, historian, writer and folklorist -- was a big fan of the holidays, often loaning his antique sleigh for Santa to make a big entrance to local events. And only Henry Shoemaker would have written a piece about a local legend entitled “The Animist Churchwomen of Black Snake Mills: A Christmas Story.” Here, Lou Bernard relates the Christmastime legend involving mannequins and an old shop in the PA Wilds.

April 6, 2018

The Giwoggle: Clinton County’s Official Monster

In this piece, PA Wilds Contributor Lou Bernard looks at legends and stories surrounding the Giwoggle, the 'official monster of Clinton County.' This creature, described as a mishmash of several animals, has been allegedly spotted in two counties of the Pennsylvania Wilds and stories of it date back to the mid-1800s.