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The rise and fall of Native Americans in Lycoming County


October 14, 2020

Lycoming County, Pa. – Throughout history, rivers often are shown as barriers that need to be forded, but for the Native Americans they were highways that brought trade, new tribes and even enemies.

Lycoming County has a rich Native American history. Settlements along the Susquehanna River were common since the first American Indians arrived in the Northcentral, Pennsylvania, region over 11,000 years ago, according to research from the Lycoming County Historical Society.

"It's probably one of the saddest stories you'll ever read about," said Thomas "Tank" Baird, an avocational archaeologist and historian in Northcentral, Pennsylvania. "It has to be discussed, it has to be learned about, for people to ask intelligent questions."


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