Larrys Creek is a 22.9 mile (36.9 km) long tributary of
the West Branch Susquehanna River in Lycoming County in the U.S. state
of Pennsylvania. A part of the Chesapeake Bay drainage basin, the
Larrys Creek watershed drains 89.1 square miles (230.8 km²) in six
townships and a borough. The creek flows south from the dissected
Allegheny Plateau to the Ridge-and-valley Appalachians through
sandstone, limestone, and shale from the Devonian, Mississippian, and
Pennsylvanian periods. The first recorded inhabitants were the
Susquehannocks, followed by the Lenape and other tribes. The Great
Shamokin Path crossed the creek near its mouth, where Larry Burt, the
first settler, (for whom Larrys Creek is named) also lived by 1769. In
the 19th century, the creek and its watershed were a center of the
lumber and other industries, including 53 sawmills, grist mills,
leather tanneries, coal and iron mines. No other stream in the country
had so many sawmills in so small a territory. For transportation, a
plank road ran along much of the creek for decades, and two "paper
railroads" were planned, but never built. As of 2006, the Larrys Creek
watershed is 83.1% forest and 15.7% agricultural (in marked contrast
to the 19th century's clear-cut land).
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