A Short Stroll Through Coudersport, The Quaint County Seat Of Potter County
After my morning hike on the Susquehannock Trail, I had breakfast, returned to my hotel and edited some photos. Late in the afternoon I decide to drive into downtown Coudersport and take a look around this quaint little town.
Coudersport is located at the fork where the Allegheny River meets Mill Creek. It’s first settlers arrived in 1813. It’s population is currently 2,500 yet it is the County seat of Potter County. Driving into town on Route 6 one immediately notices the beautiful Court House.
I parked my Jeep and began a short walk through the town. I had already hiked over 7 1/2 miles, and I was planning to drive to Cherry Springs State Park to view the stars “dark skies”, so I didn’t intend on walking too far. In fact, when I left the hotel I wasn’t planning to walk at all. But I did, first around the Court House where I found this Memorial to Soldiers,
I learned this small stream which it spanned was actually the headwaters of the mighty Allegheny River.
At the intersection with the other highway Route 6, I came upon the Elliot Ness Museum. I learned Elliot Ness, the famous Prohibition Agent who prosecuted Al Capone, lived in Coudersport. It was not open but I hope to return and visit the museum.
I didn’t realize it but I had walked another 1 1/2 mile. I was hungry again. I am always hungry and decided to eat at the China Garden restaurant which was near the river. It was a good decision.
and tried, unsuccessfully to nap. So I edited photos until around 9:30 p.m. and then drove the 11 miles to Cherry Springs State park and hoped to see some stars. And I did, but not as much as I had expected. There was a quarter moon in the western sky and some high clouds obscuring the night sky overhead. When I first arrived the skies were clear enough to allow me to see a little of the Milky Way. Jupiter was shining in the south, the Summer Triangle was overhead, and the Big Dipper dominated the northern sky. And I saw three “shooting stars” or Perseid meteors cross the sky. I was going to wait for the moonset around 11;30 p.m. but the clouds increased and , it was a long day, I decided to leave around 11 p.m. And i left with the intention to return, and in the very near future. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my short walk through Coudersport. Potter County Coudersport Hike August 14 2021.