Miles Township, Pennsylvania

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Miles Township is a township in Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the State College, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,573 at the 2000 census. Miles Township as well as nearby Milesburg, was named after Colonel Samuel Miles, who co-owned the Centre Furnace, along with Colonel John Patton.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 62.7 square miles (162.5 kmĀ²), all of it land.

Miles Township is bordered by Clinton County to the north, Union County to the east, Haines and Penn Townships to the south and Gregg Township to the west.

Recreation

Miles Township is home to McCalls Dam State Park a Pennsylvania state park. The park is in a remote location on a dirt road between R. B. Winter State Park on Pennsylvania Route 192 and Eastville on Pennsylvania Route 880. The park can only be accessed in the winter months by snowmobiling or cross-country skiing.[1]

McCalls Dam State Park has a small camping area and a small picnic area with a few tables and charcoal grills. There are no modern restroom facilities at the park and visitors are asked to carry out all trash as there is no trash pick up at the park.[1]

The park is named for the splash dam that Johnny McCall built on White Deer Creek in 1850. He used the waters that flowed from the dam to power a sawmill. Sixteen years later the dam was rebuilt to provide water for a series of splash dams that were used to float white pine logs to the sawmills on the West Branch Susquehanna River at Watsontown. The park's facilities were originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1933. The mill and dam are long since gone, but they are remembered along with Johnny McCall in the name of McCalls Dam State Park.[1]

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