Sunday, July 19, 2009

Photos from the Yough River Camp

Thanks go to Marei Burnfield for taking these shots of Luke and The Boys while they were camping out Wednesday Morning 7/15/09 on the banks of the beautiful Yough River in Blythedale, PA.

The Yough (short for Youghiogheny) River Trail is part of the Great Allegheny Passage Luke and The Boys are traveling. The Passage occupies abandoned corridors of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad and Western Maryland Railroad. When completed, the Great Allegheny Passage will stretch 150 miles from Cumberland, Maryland to Point State Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a 52-mile branch to the Pittsburgh International Airport.

The Yough River Trail is a non-motorized multi-use rail trail that stretches 43 miles between McKeesport, PA and Connellsville, PA. It is part of the Great Allegheny Passage that will one day allow cyclist to bike from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, D.C.
It is named after and runs along the Youghiogheny River. The trail surface is composed of crushed limestone.

During the colonial era and in the early United States , the valley of the river provided an important route of access through the mountains for settlers and military forces from Virginia to western Pennsylvania and the Ohio Country. In 1754, as a militia officer of the British colony of Virginia, George Washington followed the river in an attempt to find a water route to Fort Duquesne, then held by the French.

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