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Pine Creek Gorge, Colton Point State Park, Tioga County. Visible at the bottom of the gorge are Pine Creek and the Pine Creek Rail-Trail.

Colton Point State Park is a 368-acre (149 ha) Pennsylvania state park in the United States. It is on the west side of Tioga County's Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, which is 800 feet (240 m) deep and nearly 4,000 feet (1,200 m) across at this location. The park, named for Henry Colton, a Williamsport lumberman who cut timber there starting in 1879, extends from the creek in the bottom of the gorge up to the rim and across part of the plateau to the west. Known for its views of the gorge, it offers opportunities for picnicking, hiking, fishing, hunting, whitewater boating, and camping. It was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for its "Twenty Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks" list. Pine Creek has carved the gorge through five major rock formations from the Devonian and Carboniferous periods. A path along Pine Creek was first used by Native Americans, then lumbermen, and from 1883 to 1988 it was the route of a railroad. The gorge was named a National Natural Landmark in 1968. (Full article...)

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Some of the famous Armenian intellectuals who were detained, deported, and killed in 1915

The deportation of Armenian intellectuals on 24 April 1915 was an event during the Armenian Genocide in which leaders of the Armenian community of the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (today Istanbul) and later other locations were arrested and sent into exile by orders of the Ottoman government. Among those detained were poets, writers, musicians, doctors, architects, and other Armenian intellectuals belonging to different professions. Most of the 2,345 Armenians who were detained and then deported were ultimately killed. A few, such as Vrtanes Papazian and Komitas, were saved through intervention. Some survivors, such as Komitas, developed serious cases of post-traumatic stress disorder. 24 April has been chosen as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day in order to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide. Most who commemorate the Armenian Genocide consider 24 April 1915 to be the date on which the event began. (Full list...)

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Armenian Genocide

An Armenian woman kneeling beside a dead child in a field during the Armenian Genocide, conducted by the government of the Ottoman Empire. The genocide is conventionally held to have begun on 24 April 1915, when Ottoman authorities arrested and later executed some 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders. Much of the remaining Armenian population were deported into the deserts of Syria, where most died from starvation, exhaustion, and systematic massacres. The total number of people killed has been estimated at between 1 and 1.5 million. Though the events are widely recognized as a genocide by historians, the Turkish government rejects such a description.

Photograph: American Committee for Relief in the Near East; restoration: MjolnirPants

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