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Route 917 in Fallowfield Twp., unique bridge, Old Spring (Creek) Rd. compared to 1876 Map
with families of Grable, Gibson, Mancha, Old School House #6, Bolton, 
Degarmo, Litle, Everly, Stacher, Gamble, Fisher, Irwin

Submitted by The Charleroi Historical Society map pages/fallowmap.html

Regarding Route 917 on which a portion that runs through Fallowfield Twp. and comparing the 1876 map...

Locally, the first part of this road is called "Pittsburgh Road", coming from Bentleyville and before turning back to being listed as Route 917.

At one time, there was a road that came across, from very near the Old Redd's Mill Rd., and exiting on the Bentleyville Rd.   I've been told that portion was called "Old Spring Rd." by the locals.  At the other end of that road, almost where that old road exited onto Rte. 917, is where the residence of Joel Grable once stood across from the "T" of it.  There was not much was there when I went to look, just thorny/brushy area, some years ago the house having been demolished. 

The land at that juncture has a slight dip, and a slight rise where the road came out (now chained off) and then a curve to the NORTH and then down the other side heading NORTHEAST .... toward Ginger Hill. 

Along the old road, traveling to the EAST and running back toward Pigeon Creek, were very close and intermarried neighboring farming families including the Grable's and Gibson's, the old school house #6, and J. Mancha's lands laid.  J. Mancha's laid on another old road, partly defunct now that ran SOUTH, then connected with the Bentleyville Rd. SOUTH of Old Redd's Tavern or Hout's area on the 1876 map.  On this now defunct road (more like a tractor trail between fields now) is where the Grable cemetery is found.  The cemetery is not taken care of and is in ill-repair.

Route description

PA Route 917 begins at an intersection with US 40 in North Bethlehem Township, heading EAST on the two lane undivided Bull Run Road. Bull Run Road heads through forests before entering Cokeburg, where it passes through wooded areas of homes in the SOUTHERN part of town. Upon leaving Cokeburg, the route heads into Somerset Township and runs through a mix of farmland and woods, passing under the Norfolk Southern railroad overpass.  PA Route 917 heads into Ellsworth, PA and becomes South Main Street, making a turn NORTH into areas of homes and businesses. The route progresses NORTH through Ellsworth and becomes North Main Street. The road then winds EAST into Bentleyville, becoming Main Street.  At Bentleyville, PA 917 curves to the NORTH past more development and crosses the Norfolk Southern line before coming into the commercial downtown area. Next, Route 917 forks NORTH onto Pittsburgh Road and passes residential homes before heading into wooded areas and coming to an interchange with I-70.  Past this interchange, the road crosses back into Somerset Township and heads into agricultural areas with some trees and residences. PA 917 turns NORTHEAST into more forested surroundings and enters Fallowfield Township, becoming an unnamed road.  The road continues NORTH through more woodland with some residences, reaching its NORTHERN terminus at PA Route 136 in Ginger Hill.[2][3]


Old Spring (Creek) Rd. 

Along this road, first of course, having been the farm of Joel Grable (at end/beginning of the creek that laid to both sides of the house), owning property both sides of the road with A. Craft to the SOUTHEAST close to the Somerset Twp. border/  On the SOUTHWEST side of creek, his brothers, Jerome (on NORTH Side), and J. Grable (across creek to SOUTH) and across and behind them, James B. Gibson all being to the SOUTHEAST of him.  Then as you head NORTH on this road there is J? & M Bolton (with Jos. Warne to his W.) to the W. and Wm. Degarmo having property on both sides of the road (Thos. Litle to his EAST ), then a sharp curve to the NORTHEAST (right) that has Jos. Everly having property on both sides of the road, then P. Stacher on both sides of the road (with J. Gamble to his NOTH).  Next, is M. Fisher? at another sharp crook (to the right, EAST ) that shows J.W. H. I & Bros.? on the NORTH side of the road as it meets another Rd. (Route 136, the old "Washington to Williamsport Rd.", I think, junctioning with Ginger Hill area) with the property of D. T. Irwin lying to the SOUTH of Rt. 917.

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