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Centre County Natural Resources

This guide provides sources of information on geology, soils, water, minerals and other resources in or near Centre County, Pennsylvania.

Quehanna Nuclear Site

In 1955 the Curtiss-Wright Corporation purchased 7 acres in the Moshanon state forest to develop nuclear powered jet engines. The site was later used by various organizations before being closed around 2002.  Decontamination work was completed around 2005.

Geographic names

  • Karthaus 15 min. quadrangle
  • Devils Elbow 7.5 min. quadrangle
  • Clearfield County
  • Covington Township
  • (Karthaus Township – not the correct township but frequently referred to as)
  • Riddle Road
  • Reactor Road
  • Meeker Run (which feeds into-)
  • Mosquito Creek (which feeds into-)
  • West Branch Susquehanna River (which feeds into-)
  • Chesapeake Bay [watershed]

Other names

  • Quehanna
  • Curtiss-Wright Nuclear Research Laboratory of the Pennsylvania State University
  • Permagrain , Inc.


Other resources:
  • Research general vertical file. [archival material]. from the Pennsylvania State University Libraries Archives GVF/1997- 0013-07U
  • Field trip photos from October 2006 by environmental geology class at Penn State
  • Nearby towns’ newspapers: Dubois Courier-Express, The Progress (Clearfield)
  • Soil Survey of Clearfield County (Life Sciences Library)

Stone Valley Recreation Area

Geographic and other names

  • Allensville 15 min. quadrangle
  • Pine Grove Mills 7.5 min. quadrangle
  • Huntingdon County
  • Jackson Township
  • Shaver's Creek Environmental center
  • Shaver Creek
  • Roaring Run, Armond Run, Henry's Run, Garner Run, Globe Run, Harrod Run, Phranton Run
  • West Branch Susquehanna River
  • Chesapeake Bay [watershed]


U.S. Route 220