Kinzua Creek

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Kinzua Creek
Kinzua Creek.JPG
Kinzua Creek in the Allegheny National Forest near the Allegheny Reservoir
Kinzua Creek is located in Pennsylvania
Kinzua Creek
Location of the mouth of Kinzua Creek in Pennsylvania
Etymology Kentschuak, Delaware for "they gobble"[2]
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County McKean
Physical characteristics
 - location Cyclone, McKean County, Pennsylvania
 - coordinates 41°50′8″N 78°35′13″W / 41.83556°N 78.58694°W / 41.83556; -78.58694[1]
 - elevation 2,220 ft (680 m)[3]
Mouth Allegheny River
 - location Allegheny Reservoir, McKean County, Pennsylvania
 - coordinates 41°51′29″N 78°57′13″W / 41.85806°N 78.95361°W / 41.85806; -78.95361Coordinates: 41°51′29″N 78°57′13″W / 41.85806°N 78.95361°W / 41.85806; -78.95361[1]
 - elevation 1,328 ft (405 m)[3]
Length 26.5 mi (42.6 km)[3]
Basin features
Basin size 86 sq mi (220 km2)[3]

Kinzua Creek /ˈkɪnz/ is a 26.5-mile (42.6 km) tributary of the Allegheny River in McKean County, Pennsylvania in the United States.[4]

The upper reaches of the creek pass through Kinzua Bridge State Park, where the creek was spanned by the Kinzua Viaduct until a tornado destroyed the viaduct in 2003.[4]

Kinzua Creek (Native American for "turkey"[5]) joins the Allegheny Reservoir 10 miles (16 km) upstream of the city of Warren, a few miles upstream of the Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny River.[4] The location is also the former location of Kinzua, an unincorporated community that was wiped out as a result of the construction of the Kinzua Dam; it previously formed the boundary between Kinzua and (West) Corydon before both communities were dissolved in the 1960s.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Kinzua Creek". Geographic Names Information System. August 2, 1979. Retrieved January 30, 2009.
  2. ^ Heckewelder, John; Peter S. Du Ponceau (1834). "Names Which the Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians, Who Once Inhabited This Country, Had Given to Rivers, Streams, Places, &c. &c...". Transactions of the American Philosophical Society. American Philosophical Society. 4: 364.
  3. ^ a b c d 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. 259.
  4. ^ a b c Gertler, Edward. Keystone Canoeing, Seneca Press, 2004. ISBN 0-9749692-0-6
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 176.

External links

  • U.S. Geological Survey: PA stream gaging stations
  • Kinzua Bridge State Park
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir

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