The headwaters of the Allegheny River is located near Coudersport, Pennsylvania. The Allegheny River joins the Monongahela near Pittsburgh to form the Ohio River. At Cairo, Illinois, the Ohio joins the Mississippi River to flow to the Gulf of Mexico. Pictured above is the tiny stream that becomes the Allegheny River, flowing from a spring in the field.
The meadow where the Allegheny River begins was purchased as part of a 1,000 acre tract of land by the Rigas family to develop a golf course for the Adelphia Corporation. The PGA-quality course was to be called "The Golf Club at Wending Creek Farms." Construction on the $12 million facility was halted in June, 2002.
Stacks of soil amendments sit unused near the headwaters spring. EcoAegis is a wood fiber product blended with binding agents, grass seed and fertilizer for use in hydroseeding of golf courses.

Inner stacks showed evidence of pilfering as many pallets were half-full or damaged.

The unfinished home of Adelphia Communications located in Coudersport, Pennslyvania. In May 2002, the building remained empty and the future for the corporation seemed uncertain as top executives fell while the company went under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and two grand juries.
The Allegheny River is one of three major watersheds originating from this unique place on Earth. The tiny town of Gold, PA is near a three-way continental divide for Eastern North America. Flowing north, the Genesee River runs to Lake Ontario and eventually the Gulf of St. Lawrence near Newfoundland. Pine Creek flows east through Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon, eventually joining the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. The Allegheny River is the largest tributary of the Ohio River, which in turn contributes the greatest volume of water to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. Therefore, the Allegheny River can be considered the ultimate headwaters of the Mississippi River. All three major watersheds originate in these rolling farmlands and forests of Potter County, Pennsylvania.
Copyright 2003 Anita L. Hayden