Wyoming Valley Levee System
"And when I had asked the name of the river from the brakeman, and heard that it was called Susquehanna, the beauty of the name seemed to be part and parcel of the beauty of the land."
Robert Louis Stevenson, Across the Plains
While few doubt the beauty of the Susquehanna's name, its origin remains a mystery
steeped in Indian lore. One interpretation of "Susqueh" as "mud," combined with the Algonquin suffix "-hanna" meaning "river" or "stream" suggests "the muddy river." Other translations call it "the long reach river" and "the long crooked river." Regardless, the Susquehanna — designated an American Heritage River — is a sight to behold.
Hike 'n History
on a flood control system — what a concept! Fifteen miles of the Wyoming Valley Levee System Trail beckon. Enjoy the scenic Susquehanna River and learn more about the Wyoming Valley's rich history and natural history.
Four levees comprise the trail system. On the river's west bank, the First Residents' Path, which extends through parts of Wyoming and Forty Fort, features accounts of Native Americans, early settlers and their conflicts. The Anthracite Heritage Walk winds through Kingston and Edwardsville, highlighting the region's coal industry. The Plymouth Passage illustrates the diversity of cultures and industries
that shaped the borough. On the east bank, the Riverside Ramble presents a cornucopia of stories
about the architecture, business, arts and agriculture of Wilkes-Barre and Hanover.
A menu of opportunities awaits you. The four levees provide a loop trail or four different paths. They also meet many other trails: some take days to complete, others offer an afternoon's delight. Visit several communities in the valley and hike the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor's main trail, if you want a multiple day hike. Explore, ponder, return.
[Levee Trails system map]
[Illustrations, top to bottom, left to right, read]
· Native American tobacco burning ceremony
· Coal mining - a job [for?] men and boys, circa 1900
· St. Mary's Polish Church, one of many ethnic churches in Plymouth, 1918.
· The River Commons, circa 1900