What are the most unknown, strange, and interesting things about this place we call home? There may be more than you think. Pennsylvania is definitely weirder than it appears— here are the best kept secrets of our state.
1. The Linesville Spillway
The Linesville Spillway, at the Pymatuning Reservoir, is one of the strangest places in the entire state. Throw bread into the water and watch the densely packed carp fight to gobble it up. It's known as the place where the ducks walk on fish.
2. The S.S. United States in Philadelphia
In 1952, the S.S. United States broke the transatlantic speed record using only two-thirds of its power. Today, the largest and fastest passenger ship ever built in the U.S. is docked, unused, at Pier 82 in Philadelphia. Access to the ship is restricted— only certain media members and people involved in the organization responsible for the ship's upkeep may visit.
3. The Abandoned Williams Grove Amusement Park
Williams Grove Amusement Park, located near Mechanicsburg, was once a popular spot for families and friends who enjoyed roller coasters and other amusement park activities. In 2005, it was shut down and has stood in decay since; trespassing upon the grounds is strictly forbidden, and the remains of its structures are seen by few.
4. The Toynbee Tiles
The Toynbee Tiles, as they are known because that's what most of them cryptically say, began appearing on Philadelphia streets during the 1980s. Since then, they have continued to appear, bearing repetitive and mysterious messages, on streets throughout the Western Hemisphere; however, they are most densely concentrated in Philadelphia.
5. The Alvira Bunkers
The U.S. government cleared the village of Alvira in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1942 in order to build bomb shelters. Today, the shelters still stand: over 100 igloo-like structures that are completely unmaintained. Some of them are open, and you can find piles of supplies still sitting inside.
6. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Laurel Hill Tunnel
In 1968, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission altered the route of the Turnpike, bypassing three tunnels; two of them stand abandoned, while one of them inherited a much more intriguing fate. Today the Laurel Hill Tunnel is used to test race cars. Though few have witnessed the tests from inside the tunnels, you can sometimes hear the roar of speeding cars from outside the tunnel.
7. The Coudersport Ice Mine
See all that ice? This picture was taken in the summer. Due to unusual geologic features that cause freezing air to circulate through the mine during the warm months, the Coudersport Ice Mine produces ice throughout the spring and summer. After being closed to visitors for many years, it is once again open.
8. The Raven Rock Mountain Complex
This massive underground government/military complex was built during the Cold War to serve as a "second Pentagon" in case of nuclear attack on the United States. For years, its location along the Pennsylvania/ Maryland border was kept confidential; today, its location is public knowledge, yet not many people know that this major complex exists here.
9. The real-life Silence of the Lambs house in Perryopolis
The house that served as the set for serial killer Buffalo Bill's home in the 1991 classic, "The Silence of the Lambs" is located in Pennsylvania— not only that, but it's currently