Lock Haven’s Rich River History Detailed in New River Walk Signage

Riverwalk bridge panel
LOCK HAVEN — A team of volunteers this week is in the process of mounting a series of eight panels along the city’s flood protection walkway detailing Lock Haven’s history as a river town.

The project was proposed by retired electrician Jim Hanna. He told therecord-online he had been the lighting contractor with the Army Corps of Engineers for the city’s flood protection project better than two decades ago. He said he and his wife Carol decided the walkway panels would be a good way to inform walkway strollers about Lock Haven’s ties to the West Branch of the Susquehanna.

The panels are being assembled from near Lock Haven University atop the dike/levee system and downriver into Castanea Township at the lower end of town. Topics range from the crosscut canal to Bald Eagle Creek to the history of the various Jay Street bridges across the river to Lockport to the area’s native American Indian past.

Riverwalk panels workers

Hanna said a number of local residents have provided labor and financial support. Work was completed today on the panel atop the Corman Amphitheater, once the site of the crosscut canal. Those donating their time today were, from the left, Eric Hanna, Jim Hanna, Dave Masters and Donald G. “Woozy” Walker.