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About Coburn

Coburn is located in eastern Centre County, about 2.5 miles south of Millheim, at the junction of Pine Creek and Penns Creek. The town has a total area of 0.4 square miles with a population of about 250 people.

The Lewisburg & Tyrone Railroad was intended to link the Susquehanna Valley with the Pennsylvania Railroad mainline in Tyrone, PA. Construction began separately in the eastern division and the western division, with intentions to link the two. Due to the merging of the Lewisburg & Tyrone Railroad with Pennsylvania Railroad, and then with New York Central, a section of the railroad was abandoned between Mifflinburg and Coburn due to a lack of traffic. Paddy Mountain Tunnel, which is now known as Poe Paddy Tunnel due to the state park it is in, was part of this section. It was closed in 2013 due to the risk of falling rock, but remediation efforts are underway. A similar tunnel 3 miles upstream, now known as Coburn tunnel, remains in fair condition.

Notable locations in Coburn include Poe Valley and Poe Paddy State Parks. Poe Valley is a 620-acre State Park in Bald Eagle State Forest. The 23-acre Poe Paddy State Park is 4 miles to the east. The forests of Poe Valley surround Poe Lake, a 25-acre man-made lake built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. A popular fishing destination, Poe Lake provides habitat for perch, pickerel, sunfish, catfish, and trout. Non-powered boats and electric motored boats are also permitted. There are a beach and swimming area open from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend. In the winter, ice fishing and ice skating are also permitted at the lake.

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