The Devils Turnip Patch, Along Route 15 Between White Deer and South Williamsport
In 1900, the Philadelphia Record wrote of The Devil's Turnip Patch.
"The Devil’s Turnip Patch, a boulder field south of the Bald Eagle Mountain overlook on Route 15, is a derivative of this process that’s caused locals to scratch their heads, according to Veronica Ciavarella, professor of Geology and Environmental Science at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
It consists of a large space along the pike, on the west side, without a tree or bush, that is covered with immense blocks of stone piled up in haphazard profusion. Hidden from sight under the rocks a brook can be heard, as it goes babbling on "to join the brimming river."
The scene is one that never fails to excite the wonder and curiosity of all thoughtful beholders. Old Nick doubtless never gathered the stones, and never attempted to raise turnips in such a barren patch, but the question is, how did the stones get there in that particular spot?
Some one may be ready to tell us that these boulders are Drift-Relics, and will be pleased to lead us back in imagination to the age of the great continental glacier, when immense icebergs would become detached from the slow-moving sheet of ice and float off to drop their freight of rock as they melted. And perhaps the narrator would fancy that a great floe of glacial ice loaded with rock was stranded in this gap, and discharged its freight right on this spot, and possibly that a series of icebergs were drawn through this gap by a strong current and were wrecked here.
But in this case the rocks all appear to belong to the very formation on which they rest, and that rather spoils the theory. Geology is a noble science; and it is also an excellent study for the exercise of the imagination."
In 1938, The Devils Turnip Patch was nearly destroyed