Kinzua Creek

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Kinzua Creek
Kinzua Creek.JPG
Kinzua Creek in the Allegheny National Forest near the Allegheny Reservoir
Name origin: Kentschuak, Delaware for "they gobble" [1]
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County McKean
 - location Cyclone, McKean County, Pennsylvania
 - elevation 2,220 ft (677 m) [2]
 - coordinates 41°50′8″N 78°35′13″W / 41.83556°N 78.58694°W / 41.83556; -78.58694 [3]
Mouth Allegheny River
 - location Allegheny Reservoir, McKean County, Pennsylvania
 - elevation 1,328 ft (405 m) [2]
 - 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 [3]
Length 26.5 mi (43 km) [2]
Basin 86 sq mi (223 km2) [2]
Kinzua Creek is located in Pennsylvania
Kinzua Creek
Location of the mouth of Kinzua Creek in Pennsylvania

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. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b "Kinzua Creek". Geographic Names Information System. August 2, 1979. Retrieved January 30, 2009. 
  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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