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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Port Allegany Was "Canoe Place" Back When

Port Allegany Part 1: Water, wood were building block of town

By Kate Day Sager
Olean Times Herald

PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. - In its early days, Port Allegany was referred to as Canoe Place as it was an area where a party of surveyors made dugout canoes while camped at the confluence of the Allegheny River and Portage Creek.

Dick Kallenborn, borough manager and lifelong resident of Port Allegany, said the early history of the community stretches back to 1815 when Samuel Stanton purchased a large tract of land from landowner John Keating and built a cabin in the area. More...


Anonymous said...

El Wrongo! Canoe Place was the ending and/or beginning of a portage between the Allegheny and the Susquehanna Rivers. It was a meeting place for Native Americans and furtrappers. Guess who showed the surveyors how to make dugout canoes?

Anonymous said...

Not really wrong....while the Native Americans were the first to occupy the area and no doubt were the original crafters of the canoe, it was Francis King who first marked this spot on his map of the area as "Canoe Place". He may well have heard the name from the locals, but he is accredited with using it to mark the spot where the Portage meets the Allegheny. What I want to know is how did the spelling of Allegheny get changed?

Anonymous said...

I wish some of the "Leaders" of Port Allegany would take an interest in preserving historical sites..The Canoe Place Inn & Lynn Hall bothof which are decaying into the ground never to be again.

Anonymous said...

AMEN! blogger 9:12