GENERAL GEOGRAPHICAL VIEW.
northeast direction, maintaining through Burnside and into Bell township a
course nearly direct north. At Chest post-office it bears to the east, with an
inclination to the north, and holds this direction generally, but excessively
devious and irregular, until it leaves the county, forming the southerly
boundary of Karthaus township. Here it enters the counties on the east, and
gradually finds its way to the confluence with the North Branch at Sunbury. On
its general course through the county, the chief tributaries of the West Branch
are Chest Creek, Clearfield Creek, and Moshannon Creek.
Chest Creek rises near Ebensburg, Cambria county, and flows in a northerly
course through Chest township, and discharges its waters into the West Branch in
Bell township, just north of Ostend.
Clearfield Creek has its source mainly in Beccaria township, and flows
northeasterly into Bigler township to Madera; thence on through Bigler, north,
forming the boundary between Knox and Woodward townships, penetrates Boggs, and
empties into the West Branch in Lawrence township, east of Clearfield borough.
Clearfield Creek has two small tributaries, called Muddy Run
and Little Clearfield Creek respectively. Muddy Run divides the townships of
Beccaria from Gulich, and Knox from Woodward. Little Clearfield Creek rises in
Ferguson and Jordan townships and flows northeasterly, dividing Pike from Knox,
and Lawrence from Boggs townships, and discharges into Clearfield Creek, near
The Moshannon forms the eastern boundary of Clearfield county, and separates it
from Centre county. Its head waters are near the Cambria county line, and from
thence it flows in a northeasterly direction to a point east of Morrisdale,
where it turns and runs in an easterly, though very tortuous, course for several
miles ; thence in a generally north direction to its mouth at
a very sharp bend in the West Branch. The Moshannon receives the drainage or
surface waters from the west slope of the Alleghenies in Centre county, and of
the eastern slope of the irregular and broken hilly districts of the townships
on the east boundary of Clearfield county. The tributaries of the West Branch
thus described, all discharge their waters into the main stream from the south.
The streams auxiliary to the West Branch, which flow from the north or the
northwest portion of the county, are Anderson Creek, Moose Creek, Lick Run,
Trout Run, Deer Creek, Sandy Creek, Musquito Creek, and Upper Three Run.
Anderson Creek rises in Huston and Union townships, thence runs south through
Union and southeasterly through Bloom and Pike townships, and empties into the
Susquehanna near and south of Curwensville.
Moose, or more properly named "Chincleclamousche" Creek, has its source in Pine
township ; from thence it flows through Lawrence township and into the river a
short distance north from Clearfield. The name originally given this stream is
not its only prominent feature. It has, within the past few