We now follow the main road a short distance to the end of the first woods on the right where we cross the Kiskiminetas-South Bend Line.
Forks of the road. The road to the left leads to Girty, 2 miles away. The large farm buildings in sight on the left are the McIlwain farm, formerly the Herbert Ritts Farm.
For the past two miles you have been passing over the crest of the Murrysville Anticline of the Gas Belt. Many good producing gas wells, and all land underlaid with Freeport coal, and lower Kittanning coal.
To the right or rather directly in front of you is Crooked Creek Valley, rich and fertile farm land.
The first buildings you come to are owned by Chester R. Wilson of Avonmore, Pa., formerly the Joseph Heasley Farm, where for many years Mr. Heasley made salt barrels.
Following on down the hill you come to Barrel Valley--in old times, Snow Town, where the old settlers made barrels from the timber in the forest, hence its name.
At the foot of the hill to the right you see the little frame school house and also the Zion's Valley Reformed Church.
TEN MILESTo the left at the foot of the hill is the home of H.A. Kepple, Poultry, Grain and Produce, you will note that he is a progressive farmer. This was formerly owned by Walter Lelles, and before him, George Fry, the Shop Cobbler was located there. At the forks of the road is the Samuel Anderson Farm. W.A. Coleman's farm is next, owned and occupied by W.A. Coleman.
ELEVEN MILESTo the right a short distance from the road is the Samuel George farm and residence occupied by Mrs. George and daughters. The home of pure-bred Crooked Creek Guernsey cattle, a credited herd, No. 53926, also white leghorn chickens are a specialty.
We now come to Lindsey Run. Notice the bridge that the State Highway Department has recently built. Earlier you passed over State Highway bridge at Barrel Valley, near H.A. Kepple's residence. These bridges show that the Highway Department is anticipating further improvements of this road.
To the right one mile is the American Natural Gas Company's Compressor Station on the farm of Harry Devers. This makes the third pump station in South Bend Township.
Since you left Wray's Cross Roads, you have been traveling on Route 319.
BOOST FOR MORE GOOD ROADS ON NO. 319For the past mile you have been in the Crooked Creek Valley, the Creek winding along a short distance to your left, the farm land being rich and fertile. Limestone crops out along the creek for quite a distance and is thus easily available for making improved roads at a minimun cost.
The next two farms were formerly owned by W.G. King and Silas King and were noted for their fertility. They are now owned by Messrs. Porter and Thompson.
James H. Wray's farm is the next house on the right and the other buildings are on the left. This is the place where Boy and Girl Scouts love to spend their vacations.