BIG BROKENSTRAW CREEK
[Warren, 6 miles]
This creek rises in Erie County, Penn, and after receiving the waters of Coffee, Hair, Spring, Mullengar, and the Little Brokenstraw Creeks, empties into the Allegheny, seven miles below Warren. The Little Brokenstraw takes its rise in Chautauqua County, not far from the head-waters of French Creek, and empties into the Big Brokenstraw, seven miles above its mouth.
The lumbering business is extensively pursued on all the tributaries. Several millions of feet of lumber, together with an immense amount of shingles, yearly leave this point, and find a market throughout the country. Brokenstraw Eddy is a few rods below the mouth of this creek, upon the right side, forming a very excellent place for preparation for lumbermen.
The village and the land for a considerable distance around is owned by Dr. Wm. A. Irvine, grandson of Gen. Wm. Irvine, of the Revolutionary army, and who was for several years Commissioner of the State, in superintending the survey of lands northwest of the Allegheny, under a law of 1792.
Dr. Wm. A. Irvine inherited this land from his father, the late commissory Gen. Calendar Irvine, who came to this place in 1795, erected a cabin, and placed it in charge of a faithful negro servant, by way of perfecting an "actual settlement."
…The traveler in passing thorough the vicinity will notice a neat little stone Church, situated in a beautiful grove, and also a stone School House on the opposite dise of the road. These, we are told, were erected at the expense of Mrs. Dr. Wm. A. Irvine, who possessed an ample fortune of her own.
One can easily form some idea of the taste and refinement of this amiable lady, when we view the scenery around this place, for she has chosen one of Nature's most inviting retreats, and one every way calculated to draw the thinking mind from nature up to nature's God.
[Warren 7 3/4]
He we have the channel to the right. The island is about three-fourths of a mile long, and contains 63 acres of cultivated land. From the head of the island, in low water, keep near the middle. When approaching Dr. Irvine's house, incline to the right, to void the bar on the left, about opposite the house. After passing the bar, keep a little to the right of the middle down to the foot of the Island. The water is always deeper along the right shore.
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