The Conestoga River: A History

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The Conestoga River meanders for sixty miles through the fertile farmlands of Lancaster County. From early Native American inhabitants to the European settlers who made the Conestoga Valley their home, the river has provided sustenance and transportation for generations. Victorian-era resorts and hotels were built along the river, providing new recreational activities as steam power drove innovative forms of transportation. As the region developed and the population grew, the river paid a heavy price in increased pollution from sewage runoff and industry. Conservation efforts toward the end of the twentieth century through the present day have restored the river’s beauty and recreational reputation. Join author and photographer Donald Kautz as he takes a journey on the historic waters of the Conestoga River.
ISBN: 9781467147569
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Natural History
Images: 98
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Donald Kautz was born, grew up and still lives in the Conestoga Valley. He graduated from Conestoga Valley High School during the torrential downpour of Hurricane Agnes in 1972. Don lives with his wife, Mary Beth, in a suburb of Lancaster City about one mile from the Conestoga River. They have three grown children. Don is a software developer by avocation and an avid photographer as a hobby. More of Don’s photography may be viewed on his website at
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