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I found a ref on Google Books that lists both Valhalla State Forest Park and Ole Bull State Forest Monument in 1926: here. We had assumed that Valhalla became Ole Bull, but it seems more like Valhalla either became a part of the larger current Ole Bull State Park, or ceased to exist. The book is snippet view and says Valhalla is "five acres four miles west of Oleana on the Coudersport-Jersey" (shore Pike, i.e. current Pennsylvania Route 44) The problem is that current Ole Bull State Park is not on PA 44, but PA 144. It is west of Oleana, not sure of the miles. Ruhrfisch><>°° 19:19, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
Not sure what to think, but two ideas come to mind. I would think that it is still the same park. But maybe 44 was rerouted since then and what was once 44 is now 144. Or the statement misnumbers the route. Dincher (talk) 20:30, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
Hmmm. The snippet shows Valhalla was 5 acres, my copy of Forrey's history of the PA state parks shows it was a "state forest scenic area" in 1922. Forrey also lists the 1922 Class A Public Camps at Ole Bull as "4 miles west of Coudersport-Jersey Shore Pike". Does not give a size then, but parks then tended to be small. The current Ole Bull State Park is 132 acres, and the distances are identical, so it seems very likely it contains both sites. Ruhrfisch><>°° 21:28, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
Here's an article from the Pittsburgh Tribune detailing a land swap between DCNR and the game commission. Looks like it will affect Pymantuning, Clear Creek and Cook Forest state parks. Dincher (talk) 22:07, 18 October 2009 (UTC)
Not sure how I missed this before - thnaks for finding this, should make sure the swaps went through and then add it to the park articles. Thanks again, Ruhrfisch><>°° 04:02, 29 June 2010 (UTC)
I ran across this article this evening. Wind turbines have been built at several state parks in the last few years. This is noteworthy, but not sure how to handle it. Any ideas? Do we possibly add it to this list or just the state park articles? --Dincher (talk) 03:55, 28 June 2010 (UTC)
I think it is definitely worth including in the park articles. Not sure about the list - I think there could be a history of the Pennsylvania state parks article and it would probably go there better than here. Ruhrfisch><>°° 04:04, 29 June 2010 (UTC)
I called the district office in Huntingdon (Rothrock State Forest) asking when (and why) Colerain Picnic Area was removed, and if you go there now, you will see a complete removal, no tables, no signs, no facilities, really nothing left but some small spots where parking used to be available now grown up in high grass and weeds. Even the signage for "Colerain Road" out on State Rte. 45 is gone! No one at the district office knew exactly when all this happened but thought it was around 10 years back; the persons working at that time have retired. All along Spruce Creek there are "no trespassing" signs on the trees a few feet before the actual stream bank; this was a criticism when it was open, that one heard from users: in all those years the state failed to acquire the actual stream bank, also it is tiny, there is very little level ground, except across the stream under private ownership; and because all of it is out of sight of the highway (PA 45) and nearby homes it had long since become a favorite spot for "beer parties" and illegal activities in the Tyrone/State College region, and subject to extensive littering and vandalism. DCNR headquarters might know more but the latter situation may have led to the decision to close, as was the case with the former Licking Creek Picnic Area in the Tuscarora State Forest.