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Old 01-09-2011, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Many years ago we would see fossil hunters parked on the sides of our roads. We are loaded with good fossil bearing shale deposits. Because of safety concerns, insurance problems and legal problems; most of the hot spots (that I knew about) were shut down. When I was young I remember school busses (with young fossil hunters), parked on the side of our roads.

I am just curious if there are still good hot spots?
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Old 01-09-2011, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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never heard of any. but then I've only been in PA 33 yrs.
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Old 01-09-2011, 08:08 AM
 
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No need for buses or outdoor activity Fisheye - they have an "app" for that today.

I guy I know that is an avid Susquehanna River angler and fossil collector finds alot of artifacts on the shoreline - Coxton to Falls (both sides of river). Best times are after a high water event which changes/mixes up the bottom structure & embankments. There was mucho Native American activity in that area, and the journey of Sullivan along Sullivan's Trail sure mixed things up. Lots of arrowheads, punkin balls, and Army jacket buttons to be found.
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Old 01-09-2011, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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can I highjack this thread a bit and ask about ghost towns?

I know about Fallbrook, it's my back yard, almost. Any others? where?
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:01 AM
 
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We find many fossils in the Susquehanna river. They are on the gravel beds on the islands and shores. Just have to know what type of rocks to look for and then a little tap tap with a hammer and they split and are full of shells and such.

Even found a large section of a petrified tree.
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Going north of Stroudsburg on Route 191 there was a very popular fossil dig on the side of the road. There are now posters warning people to stay out. There were also many fossils in the area around the Home Depot store (Route 611) in Stroud Township and across the street. The cuts that our major highways made, in these shale banks; were always a good starting point. Years ago our state was not as finicky about parking on the sides of our roads - there was a lot less traffic.

It was always fun looking for a good trilobite or fish fossil. Marine fossilized remains are pretty common. I still see some in the rocks around my house in Swiftwater.

I would probably still be looking - if I did not misplace my rock hammer 40 years ago.
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:58 PM
 
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can I highjack this thread a bit and ask about ghost towns?

I know about Fallbrook, it's my back yard, almost. Any others? where?
Ghost Towns of Pennsylvania
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Old 01-09-2011, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Thanks, LVN.


wonder if there's any ghosts.
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:41 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Fossil hunting, and the related activities of finding Army jacket buttons, arrow heads and the like fascinates me!
There is a book that I want to add to my library called "Pennsylvania Oddities" or something to that effect, that might be of interest to PAhippo and others who are interested in the Ghost town thing as I am. Don't want to hi-jack a thread so I will start one anew!
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Eastern PA
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Years ago we found some really cool fossils at Beltzville State Park. Went with a small group from my school in junior high!

Here's some more info about it:
PA DCNR - The Resource
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