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Isle of Que

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Isle of Que - Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   Central Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River, the longest river on the American east coast, follows a 464 mile course before emptying into Maryland's coastal region on the Chesapeake Bay. Slowed by numerous rock ledges and outcroppings, the river is one of the longest in North America that sees no commercial boat traffic. Just about five miles above Selinsgrove, the North Branch and West Branch of the Susquehanna join together and flow southward toward the state's capital city of Harrisburg.
   Here in the Susquehanna River Valley, Selinsgrove was first established by Captain Anthony Selin in 1787. Susquehanna River - Isle of Que, PA Its early history is marred by a series of Indian conflicts, with the most notable uprising in 1755 called the Penns Creek Massacre.
   Penns Creek is a major tributary of the Susquehanna, rises in the western mountains of the Bald Eagle State Forest, specifically Penns Cave, and joins the main Susquehanna channel just south of Selinsgrove. This section of the city cut off by Penns Creek is called the Isle of Que. Not really an island, this long, narrow peninsula is lined with a cluster of city streets, giving way to an area of rich farmland to the south. All along Front Street, a line of charming homes look across the street to a beautiful river walk, terraced gardens and private river access. One of the few open riverside walks on the Susquehanna, the Isle of Que's Front Street is enjoyed by joggers, walkers and casual bikers. In easy reach from historic downtown Selinsgrove over the Pine Street Bridge, the Isle of Que is the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll or daily jog.

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