The Ma and Pa Railroad Heritage Village, Muddy Creek Forks, Pennsylvania

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

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What is the Ma and Pa Village?

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Some of you are saying, “Well, duh!  It is a village where somebody’s ma and pa live.”

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That would be a great answer considering the name of the village.  The village is in the Muddy Creek Valley with only one road to access this town.  As you enter, you see nothing but a mill, a general store, and a few houses.  How did this town come to be?

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We ask again what is the Ma and Pa Village?  It is the town of Muddy Creek Forks, Pennsylvania, but where does the name ‘Ma and Pa’ come from?  To answer the question, we must inform you that although somebody’s ma and pa may live here, that is not how the village came about.  The answer to the question… is the railroad.

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What is the Ma and Pa Village?  To make it more official, you…

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