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Allegheny River

The Allegheny River is a principal tributary of the Ohio River; it is located in the Eastern United States. The Allegheny River joins with the Monongahela River to form the Ohio River at the "Point" of Point State Park in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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

Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1. How long is the Allegheny River?

  • 125 miles
  • 225 miles
  • 325 miles

2. The word Allegheny comes from the Lenape (Delaware) Indians. Although it is usually translated as "fine river", the meaning is not definitively known. There is a Lenape legend of a tribe called "Allegewi" who used to live along the river.

  • True or False?

3. The Allegheny rises in north central Pennsylvania, about 10 miles south of the New York border. What is the county?

  • Polk County
  • Port County
  • Potter County

4. What is the elevation at the source?

  • 2,390 feet
  • 2,490 feet
  • 2,590 feet

5. What is the creek that flows into the Allegheny River at Olean, New York?

  • Olean Creek
  • Fox Chapel Creek
  • Simpson Creek

6. In the 16th century, control of the river valley passed back-and-forth between tribes. Who was NOT one of the tribes?

  • Shawnee
  • Iroquois
  • Apache

7. What is the creek that flows into the Allegheny River at Franklin, Pennsylvania?

  • French Creek
  • Moon Creek
  • Benjamin Creek

8. During the 19th century, the river became a principal means of navigation in the upper Ohio valley. What was an important cargo?

  • Coal
  • Oil
  • Wheat

9. In 1859, the first U.S. petroleum was drilled north of the Allegheny River. What was the town?

  • Titusville
  • West Kittanning
  • Youngsville

10. At the mouth of the Allegheny River, what river does it form?

  • Ohio River
  • Monongahela River
  • Mississippi River

Allegheny River
(Answers)

  1. 325 miles
  2. True
  3. Potter County
  4. 2,490 feet
  5. Olean Creek
  6. Apache
  7. French Creek
  8. Coal
  9. Titusville
  10. Ohio River

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