Paxton Creek

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Paxton Creek
View of Paxton Creek from Maclay Street in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, near the Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Dauphin
 - left Black Run (Paxton Creek)
 - right Asylum Run
 - location Linglestown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
 - elevation 1,220 ft (372 m) [1]
 - coordinates 40°21′29″N 76°48′9″W / 40.35806°N 76.80250°W / 40.35806; -76.80250 [2]
Mouth Susquehanna River
 - location Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
 - elevation 292 ft (89 m) [1]
 - coordinates 40°14′35″N 76°51′50″W / 40.24306°N 76.86389°W / 40.24306; -76.86389Coordinates: 40°14′35″N 76°51′50″W / 40.24306°N 76.86389°W / 40.24306; -76.86389 [2]
Length 13.9 mi (22 km) [3]
Basin 27.4 sq mi (71 km2) [1]
Location of the mouth of Paxton Creek in Pennsylvania

Paxton Creek is a 13.9-mile-long (22.4 km)[3] tributary of the Susquehanna River in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania in the United States.

The Paxton Creek watershed covers an area of 27.4 square miles (71 km2) and joins the Susquehanna River at South Harrisburg, Harrisburg.[4]

The name Paxton, or Paxtang, is derived the Susquehannock term "Peshtank", meaning "where the waters stand" or "the place of springs". It is born from two branches on the southern slopes of Blue Mountain to form the main stem in Lower Paxton Township. It then forms Wildwood Lake in Susquehanna Township, it becomes a concrete channel downstream at Harrisburg to mitigate urban runoff and flooding.


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  1. ^ a b c Shaw, L. C.; W. F. Busch (June 1984). Pennsylvania Gazetteer of Streams, Part II. Water Resources Bulletin. 16. Prepared in Cooperation with the United States Department of the Interior Geological Survey. Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Department of Forest and Waters. p. 226. 
  2. ^ a b "Paxton Creek". Geographic Names Information System. 2008. Retrieved December 11, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed August 8, 2011
  4. ^ Paxton Creek Watershed and Education Association (2004). "Mission and History of PCWEA". Archived from the original on 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2006-12-23. 

Note: Paxton Creek is between Yellow Breeches and Conodoguinet Creeks in the Lower Susquehanna River subbasin, but is not included above because its watershed area is less than 100 km².