2800 Conway Wallrose Road
Life along the Western Allegheny Railroad
Moraine State Park will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2020. Many park visitors aren’t familiar with the history of the land or the railroad that ran eight miles below today’s Lake Arthur. Learn about “Life along the Western Allegheny Railroad,” from Queen’s Junction to New Castle, including farming villages, company towns for coal and limestone, sidings for coal loading, and recreation at Muddy Creek Falls and Cascade Park, all reached via the train. The program is presented by Polly Shaw, author of Moraine State Park, recently published by Arcadia Publishing. Her book will be available for sale after the program, and will be signed by the author.
Ms. Shaw is a lifelong resident of Butler County, living since 1977 in Portersville, PA, just a few miles from Moraine State Park. She is a graduate of Clarion University, B.S. in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Education from Slippery Rock University. In 2011, she retired from the Seneca Valley School District, after a 37 year teaching career. She is in her 20th year as a Conservation Volunteer at McConnell’s Mill State Park, which is part of the administrative complex with Moraine State Park. She is currently engaged in research to complete a proposal for her second book, McConnell’s Mill State Park.