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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Pike County, PA's Bicentennial

  •  Pike County, Pennsylvania is 200 years old today- Wednesday, March 26, 2014. This is Pike's Bicentennial; an anniversary of note that was so long in coming and one all who love Pike must find in their hearts to pause and reflect.
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  • Pike County, Pennsylvania is 200 years old today- Wednesday, March 26, 2014. This is Pike's Bicentennial; an anniversary of note that was so long in coming and one all who love Pike must find in their hearts to pause and reflect.
       You may hear this occasion called Pike County's "200th birthday."  As an editor I normally would cringe, and if it appeared in an article meant for publication, I would quickly change that to "anniversary." We strive to be correct, and to the best of our ability, hold up a high standard of language. You see, only people and animals have birthdays!
       Then again, what is Pike County, or any county, but its people? Without the pioneer settlers who staked out homes and eked out a living in the virgin landscape of this rough diamond -shaped piece of turf we call Pike, where would be a county? Where would be its history?
        Thanks to those visionaries who came and stayed, and believed in a prosperous future for this land, Pike has developed as a community and forged 200 years of accumulating heritage. It has been an amazing journey and wrought with much toil, danger, faith and fortitude.
         Despite challenges of its rocky, swampy wilderness, a home was made here, a place for each new generation to build on the dream of their forefathers and mothers.
         Pike County, Pennsylvania, in human terms, indeed has reached its 200th "birthday."  Lumbering, blue stone quarrying, railroads, a canal, farming, milling, resorts, boarding houses, camps, hunting and fishing, a state and a national park, a Pocono "playground" and building of communities with homes, churches, stores and factories as well as a wealth of planned vacation and retirement communities dotting Pike's wooded vista and much more, are all threads of this fabric of life that makes Pike County a comforting patchwork quilt.
          Wayne County, Pike's neighbor to the north, gave up a large piece of territory in 1814 when realizing that the old county was simply too vast to manage and have a county government within reasonable reach of its inhabitants, at that time spread out nearly 100 miles, north to south. May we say, Wayne's loss was Pike's gain? Founded in 1798, Wayne County might remind folks "down Pike way" that Wayne was here first.
        Roots extend much further back than the 200 years we celebrate today, of Pike as a political entity. Its life breath extends to its original people, tribes far removed in the mists and mystery of ancient times. From their contribution to the settlers when Pike's region was part of Wayne, to the 200 years this area has been known as Pike, residents of Pike have made and continue to make, a heritage to honor, to forever refine and use to guide them as they move forward from this very special "birthday."
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