Dennis McGeehan, a history instructor at Penn State University, DuBois, and the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, is the president of the St. Marys and Benzinger Township Historical Society. He has worked as a guide for the Philadelphia Foundation for Architecture and as a freelance photographer around the world. He is the author of St. Marys and Elk County
Ridgwayby Dennis McGeehan
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Ridgway, known as the "lily of the valley," is located on the scenic Clarion River in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains. Ridgway's history has long been closely linked to the river, from a time when residents utilized the water to float timber from the nearby forested hills and supplied lumber for operations around the nation. Much of the beautiful hardwood craftsmanship is preserved today and on display in the elegant Victorian mansions of Ridgway's former lumber barons. The county seat of Elk County, Ridgway has never let the decline of the lumber industry affect its vitality, and today it is a peaceful, artistic community that draws tourists with its idyllic location. Through historic photographs, Ridgway chronicles the history of this progressive community that remains committed to preserving its past, as well as its future.
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