The Lake at Boiling Springs

The Lake at Boiling Springs (HM29DY)

Location: Boiling Springs, PA 17007 Cumberland County
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N 40° 8.995', W 77° 7.623'

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“Children's Lake”

This seven-acre, man-made lake was created in the 1750s to power the iron works once located at the lower end. The lake is fed by about 30 natural springs clustered behind the tavern and at the upper end of the lake. The daily output is approximately 22 million gallons of 53-degree water. The springs surge from underground streams located some 1800 feet below the surface. Because of the bubbling water, early settlers named the area Boiling Springs.
Beauty of the lake has attracted generations of visitors to its shores. Cary Ahl, owner of the iron works, built the first stone wall and planted trees around the lake in 1872. The village overlooking the scenic lake was founded in 1845. From 1895 to 1930 a popular trolley park located on the east side was enjoyed by thousands of visitors.
In 1987, the lake was purchased by a partnership of interested parties who wanted to maintain public access to the lake. The lake is owned by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. The National Park Service owns the cottage and an acre of ground on the east side. The Boiling Springs Civic Association landscapes and maintains the grounds, using funds from the Children's Lake Appalachian Trail Trust.
[Photo/illustration captions, clockwise from top left, read]
· Background Image: Boats on Lake, c. 1910

· 1832 drawing of the lake
· View of Boiling Springs Park, c. 1916
· Early view of lake, c. 1875
HM NumberHM29DY
Placed ByBoiling Springs Civic Association and South Middleton Township
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, July 16th, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 318826 N 4446565
Decimal Degrees40.14991667, -77.12705000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 8.995', W 77° 7.623'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 8' 59.7" N, 77° 7' 37.38" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)717
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Appalachian Trail, Boiling Springs PA 17007, US
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