Shaver Creek

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Shaver's Creek is a 19.6-mile-long (31.5 km)[1] tributary of the Juniata River in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It joins the Juniata River at the borough of Petersburg.

Shaver Creek gives its name to the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center.


The creek was named after an older gentleman known as Peter Shaver who was one of the original settlers in that area within the Juniata Valley. While much is unknown about the life of Peter Shaver, he was described as dying in “a most singular manner” after being found decapitated near his home. His murder proved to be a significant mystery at the time because his head was never recovered after extensive searches of the area.

During the American Revolutionary War, the most active and energetic man in the Shaver's Creek settlement was described as being Samuel Anderson. He erected a block-house fort on the flat near the mouth of the creek which was occupied during the war.[2]

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed August 8, 2011
  2. ^
  • Gertler, Edward. Keystone Canoeing, Seneca Press, 2004. ISBN 0-9749692-0-6
  • Jones, U.J. History of the Early Settlement of the Juniata Valley, Philadelphia: H.B. Ashmead, 1856.