- Kishacoquillas Valley
The Kishacoquillas Valley, known locally as both Kish Valley and Big Valley, is an enclosed anticlinal valley in the
Ridge-and-valley Appalachiansof Central Pennsylvania, lying between Stone Mountain ridge to the north and Jacks Mountainridge to the south. The valley is located in Mifflin County and Huntingdon County. Many Amishand Mennonitepeople also live in the valley. Kishacoquillas Valley is home to the Nebraska Amish, one of the most conservative Amish groups. The valley drains via the Kishacoquillas Creekthrough the Mann Narrows water gapin Jacks Mountain to the Juniata River. U.S. Route 322follows the creek though the gap, and is the main travel route across the valley, running from Harrisburg to State College. The Mifflin County Airportalso lies in the valley.
Kishacoquillas Valley has many similarities to the Lancaster region. Like Lancaster, many Amish people reside in the valley. Accents identical to those heard in the Lancaster region is also frequently heard in the valley.
John Armstrongnamed the Valley in 1759 after a friendly Shawneechief. His Indian name translates to "The snakes are already in their dens." [http://kishvalley.com/] Joseph Yoderportrays the late nineteenth-century Valley in his semi-autobiographical "Rosanna of the Amish" (1940).
* [http://kishvalley.com/ Kishacoquillas Valley Historical Society]
* [http://www.kvrr.net/main.php Kishacoquillas Valley R.R.] historical site
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