Drive PA Indian Paths: Logstown to Forks of the Ohio
Start - Logstown
Ha tee toe!
The journey continues.
My name is Leon. I created this tour as part of a statewide service to tell you the stories of Pennsylvania Indian trails.
You will hear stories told by me and others, including members of the Shawnee and Delaware, while you drive modern roads that trace ancient foot paths.
As we travel, you may begin to see Indians and settlers walking along the side of the road.
They're still there, if you know what to look for.
You should be parked in an abandoned field where the Indian village of Logstown once sat.
The town's tale is told in detail in the tour covering the route between Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Logstown.
From here, we'll be traveling the Great Path, as it was called, to the Forks of the Ohio River.
In colonial times, that was where the French built Fort Duquesne, and where the English marched in and erected massive Fort Pitt.
Along the way, we'll hear from Charles Dickens, who reported on the progress of American settlers, and who lamented the disappearance of Indians, as he traveled past here in a steamboat.
We'll also visit the site of what was once the largest Indian burial mound in Pennsylvania.
Before we leave, as we look out over this field, it doesn't look like much ever happened here, does it?
Lower your car window. Do you smell gun smoke? No?
Well, I'm surprised. An awful lot of gunfire once filled the air here.
Fur traders and Indian warriors often whooped it up inside Logstown. This was the real wild west before Hollywood came up with its version.
No rum bashes going on here any more. I guess the party has moved to the forts. Let's head there.
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When you're ready, turn around and turn left on Duss Avenue.