Introduction to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, in Jefferson county, is 64 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town has a population of 6,271.
Greater Punxsutawney was incorporated in 1907 by consolidating the Punxsutawney and Claysville boroughs. The town is named for the Delaware Indian term meaning "town of the sandflies." This town was known for its glassworks, machine shops, silk, planning, flour mills, foundries, and ironworks. Punxsutawney became famous when a movie was made about a groundhog that lives in the town. This groundhog, named Phil, can supposedly predict the weather. When the movie became a hit, it drew thousands of tourists who visit every year to find out the length of winter from the groundhog.
Punxsutawney and Nearby Attractions
- Portage Station Museum
- Railroaders Memorial Museum
- Baker Mansion
- Lakemont Park
- Blue Spruce County Park
Things To Do In Punxsutawney
The history of the mining and railroad industries is presented at the Portage Station Museum. The Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site features a 1,500-acre park where the history of the railroad is exhibited. The Bushy Run Battlefield where the Pontiac War was fought can be accessed from the town. Exhibits related to the career and hometown of Jimmy Stewart are displayed at the Jimmy Stewart Museum. Retrospectives and clips are shown in a theater built in the 1930s. The 420-acre Blue Spruce County Park offers opportunities for fishing and picnicking.
Air transportation is available from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.
Punxsutawney Higher Education
Penn State Dubois, Clarion University, and Saint Francis University are situated close to Punxsutawney.