You'll recall we wrapped up July asking where (or what) Whirls End might be. Many of you knew that Whirls End was once the name for Worlds End State Park. I'll quote directly from the park's page on DCNR's website because it's a great read:
"The name of the park has swirled with controversy. A map from 1872 called the area Worlds End. The excerpt below is from an article from July 20, 1935, by W.S. Swingler, Assistant District Forester of Wyoming State Forest, now Loyalsock State Forest.
'There was even a dispute as to the proper name of the area. Some people called it Worlds End, others Whirl’s Glen, and still others Whirls End. The first name arose from the topography of the place. Seven mountain ranges converge on the point and one does receive the sensation of being at the ultimate ends of the earth. The proponents of the second name base their claim upon the whirlpool in the Loyalsock Creek and the third name was probably a contraction of the other two. Since the whirlpool had largely disappeared, it was decided that the name Worlds End would be the most appropriate. Hence, the name Worlds End State Forest Park.'
During 1936, a letter campaign caused the park name to be changed to Whirls End. Another letter campaign forced the matter to be brought to the former State Geographic Board, who supervised the official naming of places. The name was changed back to Worlds End during 1943."
It amuses me that two successive letter-writing campaigns resulted in the name of the park. Passions run high in Sullivan County!
July's randomly selected winner is Bev K. of Palmyra.
To begin August, Healthy Lands Week will kick off on September 24th. Name two of the goals for this week long event that encompasses National Public Lands Day and A Walk in Penn's Woods.
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