From Quaker to Kinzua Dam

(Edited to add a couple pictures our friend took while we were at the Dam! Thanks Roy!)

 

Just to the south and west of Allegany State Park’s Quaker Area is the Kinzua Dam, and the trip runs along the southeastern shore of the Alleghany Reservoir.

And the Reservoir runs from New York into Pennsylvania.

After our trip to the Cain Hollow campground, we went with our friends to visit the Dam,  a 180′ x 1877′ concrete monstrosity that holds back 24 miles of river whose surface area comprises over 21 thousand acres when full.

Kinzua Dam from the air.

The day was fine, sunny and warm, for October.  The trip was a workout for the bus, with some of the roads having some pretty steep grades that we had to crawl up in third gear, at about 35 miles per hour.  But the scenery was nice.

I caught some of the trip on the dash-cam, but for some reason on the trip to the Dam the camera turned itself off. It’s really odd, as the whole trip back to Buffalo was captured, as have been all our other trips.

Once we got there, we parked at the Dam to walk up on top, then drove down to the Nature Center/park that is just downstream from the Dam for a picnic.

(Kinzua) Dam Facts!  (Photo by Roy Clay)
(Kinzua) Dam Facts!
(Photo by Roy Clay)
Downstream of the Kinzua Dam. (Photo by Roy Clay)
Downstream of the Kinzua Dam.
(Photo by Roy Clay)
Upstream of the Kinzua Dam (Photo by Roy Clay)
Upstream of the Kinzua Dam
(Photo by Roy Clay)

We had a nice drive after back up through Bradford, PA and then home on the 219.  It was a nice learning experience of how well the bus hauls, and an exercise in patience in getting where we wanted to be (which was home) along unfamiliar roadways.  But lots of fun.

 

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