"Visit nearby Clarion" Lucinda Favorite Tip by Ewingjr98
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Favorite thing: I grew up in Lucinda, about 10 miles north of Clarion. We spent a lot of time here for shopping, dining, movies, basketball at the University, cruising Main, the annual Autumn Leaf Festival, and more.
Clarion County was created in 1839 from parts of neighboring Venango and Armstrong Counties, and Clarion borough is the seat of Clarion County. The first courthouse in Clarion was completed in 1843 but burned in 1859. The second courthouse was constructed in 1863, and this structure burned in 1882.
The present Clarion Courthouse was completed in 1885, and it houses the county offices, including the county commissioners who are the chief executives of the county. Its most distinctive feature is the 9 foot diameter clock face, but the bell is also impressive at 1,313 pounds. From the ground to lady Justice on the top of the tower is 213 feet, easily the tallest structure in town.
The nearby Clarion River offers many recreational opportunities for Clarion residents. Boating, swimming, canoing, fishing, and water skiing are all common activities throughout the summer. In the fall the Clarion River Valley lights up with impressive oranges, reds, and browns as the leaves of the hardwood trees change color--leading to Clarion's famous annual Autumn Leaf Festival!
Main Street is the heart of Clarion in terms of history, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, education, and more. From the courthouse and the borough park across Main to the University and its stadium anchoring either end of town, life in Clarion revolves around Main Street. This street has many of the towns better restaurants from fine dining at the Capt Loomis Inn to quick meals like Vinny's, Bob's Sub, the County Seat, and the Pizza Pub. Main Street Clarion also has some of the town's favorite bars such as the Tavern and the University Inn.
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