McKean County Bucktails Honored with Park Dedication in Smethport

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey

Blue skies and warm temperatures greeted the large crowd who attended the Bucktail Park dedication Friday afternoon behind the Good Growing Gardens Barn on U.S. Route 6 west of Smethport.

A project of the McKean County Adult Probation Department — adult offenders performed the work as part of community service — the park honors all those McKean County soldiers who served in the Civil War.

In his opening remarks, McKean County President Judge John Pavlock said that many of the county residents lied about their age so they could enlist, some as young as 14, younger than the Smethport and Bradford high school students who attended the ceremony. Read more