With ice rimming the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River, it resembles a highway cutting through the Pennsylvania Mountains.
In times past the Juniata was an important water route for early explorers. Beginning along the Allegheny Front in Bedford County the river winds through the mountains until it reaches the Susquehanna River. Raids were very common at numerous settlements along these shores during the French and Indian War.
As I stand in the early mornings light admiring the Juniata near Saxton Pennsylvania, in my minds eye I can see the canoes of an Indian war party slipping silently along in the icy waters.