Polly Shaw

Over the Decades at Moraine State Park

Submitted by CTHS on October 21, 2017 - 10:35 am

Exactly 21.5 miles north of Crider’s Corner in Cranberry Township sits a park that is a jewel to anyone who loves the outdoors. The distance to Cranberry Township was perfect to the goal of Maurice Goddard. In 1955, Maurice Goddard was Secretary of the Pennsylvania State Department of Forests and Waters, and his goal was to have a state park within twenty-five miles of every Pennsylvanian citizen. That area is now Moraine State Park, built in the Muddy Creek valley.

Before it was converted to a park, it was farmland; mostly wetlands, containing oil and gas fields that had been both deep and strip mined for coal.  The land was also mined for gravel, stone and sand left behind by some rather large ice. Limestone and clay were mined to make ceramics; nearby New Castle was a large manufacturing area for ceramics. Shale was mined to make ...

Event Date
October 29, 2017 - 2:00 pm
Event Location
Council Chambers
Cranberry Township Municipal Center
2525 Rochester Road
Cranberry Township, PA 16066