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this Lake Erie shoreline community. To access it, a turnpike route
ran east of the great swamps from
Meadville to Erie, beginning in the
early 1800s. The Beaver and Erie
Canal followed and thrived from
about 1845 to 1865. The Canal
plowed straight through Pymatuning; it was 136 miles in length,
running from the Ohio River in
Beaver County to Erie. The canal,
however, despite the tremendous

night. Mucky pockets that were traversed were said to be 200 feet and
deeper. In another incident in 1905 or
’06, a trestle supposedly gave way under
a train crossing the swamp; several coal
cars plummeted into the seemingly
bottomless muck.
The same problems occurred for
roads built across the great swamp. It’s
why to this day, few roads cross either
Pymatuning or Conneaut Marsh. For
all that is known about these swampy
settings, there’s still
plenty to learn, hundreds of years after man
began venturing into
them. They still have
a mysterious side. Some
people find that inviting. Others consider it
a deterrent.
There were several
efforts advanced in
the General Assembly
THE Beaver and Erie Canal plowed straight through through nineteenth
Pymatuning; its tow path would eventually become the century to drain Pyfoundation for rail lines.
matuning, then estimated to be about 25
effort to build it — 14 years or so, square miles. The first proposal was
was short-lived. It was abandoned in 1843, and died for lack of support.
in 1872. But the canal’s towpath The second, in 1868, was a resolution
still offered a way through a good sanctioned by the General Assembly
portion of the great swamp country to authorize a study to determine the
and became the perfect foundation feasibility and assess the cost of drainfor the Bessemer and Lake Erie ing Pymatuning. The study suggested
Railroad and Pittsburgh, Shenango draining Pymatuning was doable and
and Lake Erie Railroad to take its offered a plan on how to proceed. This
service through Pymatuning. It initiative also died.
In 1907, the legislature appropriated
was completed and put into use in
1892. Today, these tracks are part funding to conduct another study on
draining Pymatuning and channeling
of the Transtar Inc. network.
During the railroad’s construc- its flow to improve the roads impacted
tion, it was reported substantial by the marshland. Plans were submitareas of fill — even a railroad ted. Hearings were held. But Pymatuncar — sunk into the swamp over- ing’s plug wasn’t pulled. Protests about
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Contents
Another Doorstep
Whitetail Predation
Pymatuning and Conneaut
Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
From the Field
Field Notes
Conservation News
Making a Difference
What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another Doorstep
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pymatuning and Conneaut
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - From the Field
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Making a Difference
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Crossings
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