Though not in Lucinda, Cook Forest State Park, is a quick drive to the north. It is a popular summertime destination for canoing, swimming, go-carts, water slides, golf, camping, and hiking. In the fall, it is a great unspoiled wilderness perfect for watching the leaves change.
A plaque in the park reads:
Named for John Cook who came to this section in 1826 and started lumber industry along Tom's Run. Here is Cook Forest State Park. In this park, there is one of the finest stands of large white pine-hemlock in the State.
Helen Furnace (pronounced Hee-lin, not like the woman's name) is located in Miola, just down Sunset Drive from Lucinda. The origins of the name probably originate from the local settlers from the highlands of Scotland, who pronounced the word "highland" like "hee-lin". Interestingly, it is located in Highland Township, Clarion County.
Helen Furnace is an old iron furnace built around 1845. It burned coal to produce steam which was used to blast iron ore. In its prime, it employed about 100 people and 70 horses. The furnace was only operated until about 1857 until it fell into disrepair and ruin. In 1977 it was rebuilt to its original form. In recent years it has again begun to crumble and seems to be unsafe.
The plaque at Helen Furnace reads:
Just west of this point can be seen the well-preserved interior of cold blast furnace built in 1845. It was one of numerous iron furnaces operated in Clarion County from about 1829-1867. The County, then, was often referred to as "The Iron County."
Puffy's Christmas Lane at the end of Sunset Drive on Route 66 is one of the biggest Christmas displays around. Take a quick drive through his short lane filled with lights, Santas, and snowmen.
Of course, you will see Christmas lights all over Lucinda!
St. Joseph's annual 4th of July Festival is by far, the largest event of the year in Lucinda. Quilting Bs and Cow Tipping are in a tight race for second.
The 4th of July festival has grown from a small local fund raiser to a big local fund raiser (OK, enough jokes now!). When I was a child, the festival consisted on some small booths with games and a dinner. Now it is a three-day event with a huge chicken barbecue, a quilt raffle, 50/50 drawings for large amounts of money, all-day bingo tournaments, even some legal gambling. People truly come from across the country to enjoy the carnival atmosphere and great food.
The beginnings of the Fourth of July Festival were in the church picnics of the 1930s, and began on church grounds as the annual festival in 1939.
The only thing to see in Lucinda is St. Joseph's Church. It is an impressive site considering the size of Lucinda. St Joe's also has a small elementary school and a hall. This is really the community center of Lucinda.
The first catholic church in Lucinda was constructed in 1846, but burned in 1850. After the hill was leveled, the next church was built in 1856, but God gave another sign, and this church was also destroyed by fire in 1860. Wouldn't those heathens in Lucinda ever learn? The third church on this site was built the same year, and it was replaced in 1895 with the current structure.
Growing up in Lucinda, this was always one of my favorite pastimes. My dad always had a bunch of beagles and the woods around our house was full of rabbits. In the fall, I'd often get home from school, grab a gun and a dog, then head into the woods until dark. Those were the days!
Lucinda has one of Clarion County's few remaining original train station buildings. When I was a child, this station was run down, and should probably have been torn down. In the early 1990s, Terry Moore of Fryburg led the restoration of the train station, along with several members of North Clarion High School's Junior Historians. Today the station is renovated and after several years empty, the tracks are again used, bringing back images of a time long gone.
Though I don't know when this station was built, other Clarion County stations were all built in the 1880s, so this is probably from the same era.
Winter in Lucinda is always cold and it often sees a lot of snowfall. Expect to spend some time shoveling, and bring warm clothes including hats and gloves.
Summertime in Lucinda is absolutely beautiful. Sunrises are often shrouded with a light foggy mist making for a surreal sight. These photos were taken from 5am to 6:45am in June 2007.