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Juniata River

The Juniata River is a tributary of the Susquehanna River, approximately 90 miles long, in central Pennsylvania in the United States. The river is considered scenic along much of its route, having a broad and shallow course passing through several mountain ridges and steeply-lined water gaps.

What do you know about the Juniata River? Explore this Quick US Geography Rivers and Streams Quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1. It is formed in central Huntingdon County, in a small village three miles southeast of Huntingdon, by the confluence of the Little Juniata and the Raystown Branch. What is the small village there?

  • Ardenheim
  • Williamsburg
  • Themoreburg

2. What is the elevation at the source of the Juniata River?

  • 660 feet
  • 760 feet
  • 760 feet

3. What is the branch of the Juniata that flows into the Little Juniata just 10 miles upstream from the Raystown Branch?

  • Owens Gap Branch Juniata River
  • Jacks Mountain Branch Juniata River
  • Frankstown Branch Juniata River

4. The tributary Clover Creek in Cove Forge flows into the Frankstown Branch. Where does Piney Creek flow into the river?

  • Williamsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Mattonsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Orangeburg, Pennsylvania

5. The word 'Juniata' is a corruption of the Iroquoian word 'Onayutta,' meaning 'Standing Stone.' There was a large standing stone where the town of Huntingdon now stands. It was reportedly 14.5 feet tall, with a smoothed side with the history of the local Juniata Tribe. When did the stone disappear?

  • 1605
  • 1754
  • 1865

6. During the 19th century, the river was paralleled by the Juniata Division Canal, part of the canal system of Pennsylvania and a rival to the Erie Canal. The state sold the canal to the Pennsylvania Railroad, which abandoned the canal in 1889 after severe flooding. Parts of the original locks from the canal, as well as remnants of a dam approximately 1 mile south of Millerstown, are still visible today.

  • True or False?

7. During the 19th century, the river was paralleled by the Juniata Division Canal, part of the canal system of Pennsylvania and a rival to the Erie Canal. The state sold the canal to the Pennsylvania Railroad, which abandoned the canal in 1889 after severe flooding. Parts of the original locks from the canal, as well as remnants of a dam approximately 1 mile (2 km) south of Millerstown, are still visible today.

  • True or False?

8. What creek flows into the Juniata River at Lewistown, Pennsylvania?

  • Kishacoquillas Creek
  • Baker Creek
  • Randolph Creek

9. What creek does the Juniata receive .9 miles northwest of Newport, Pennsylvania?

  • Powder Creek
  • Bryer Creek
  • Buffalo Creek

10. What is the elevation at the mouth of the Juniata River?

  • 330 feet
  • 430 feet
  • 530 feet

Juniata River (Answers)

  1. Ardenheim
  2. 660 feet
  3. Frankstown Branch Juniata River
  4. Williamsburg, Pennsylvania
  5. 1754
  6. True
  7. True
  8. Kishacoquillas Creek
  9. Buffalo Creek
  10. 330 feet

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