KNOW YOU'RE A
POCONO NATIVE WHEN...
you a "true" native of the Poconos? Perhaps, but,
for what it's worth, "sez who?" We were just wondering,
given the many indistinct "they say" qualifiers used out
there. Take the new arrivals or "transplants," for instance,
who, as some area "natives" believe, don't count because
moving to the Poconos is hardly the same as being born here. End
of discussion, right?
not according to those who descended from prior generations; they
insist that ancestry can be the only authentic standard. OK, but
by how many generations, then? One, three, or beginning with the
time of The Depue's settlement? Or must one need a trace of Indian
blood in order to be considered native born?
If so, of course, it wouldn't end there, because even the American
Indians were "transplanted" migrants from Siberia, and
before that they.... Catch our drift? That's why we decided upon
a more objective way to measure the depth of your roots in the Poconos
-- a pop quiz that tests your knowledge. So, if you're prepared
to put your facts where your mouth is, here goes (and no peeking
at the answer key below until you've finished):
a native of the Pocono Mountains when...
...you can tell the difference between a "Deer Crossing"
& a "Yield" sign
...you can find the "cold air cave"
...you can name the Poconos' original Indian tribe
4. ...you know
when not to bother waving at a passing car
5. ...you know
the original settler & founding name of Stroudsburg
6. ...you know
where to buy a six-pack of beer
7. ...you know
what a "turkey mound" is when you see one a mile
8. ...you know
the best time to grocery shop
9. ...you know
how to escape the Rt. 209 Flea Market nightmare
10. ...you know
where the "West End" begins (nobody knows where
11. You know
who was dubbed the "Avenger of the Delaware" &
12. You know
exactly where to go for great bagels on Sunday morning
You know the original name of the Snydersville Diner
...for extra credit, you can name the locations of the other three
former Beseckers Diners.
You know when summer has officially begun
You know where to buy your used car
You know where to find your neighbors on a hot summer weekend
You can name the community where Mr. Greenjeans lived
... you know the town where "The Honeymooners' "
Ralph Cramden played pool
You know the town after whom a famed Olympic athlete was
named, as well as its former name
You can pronounce Analomink and Sciota correctly
One stops traffic for safety and the other isn't a traffic stop
for a National Geographic photo shoot.
On Rt. 611 two miles south of the Delaware Water Gap.
Lenape tribe (meaning "common" or "ordinary.")
Pronounced Len Nap
bears New York plates.
5. Daniel Brodhead--who
6. Bars ONLY
7. That unsightly,
fickle albatross of an aboveground septic system
8. Any time
Shawnee (River road or Hollow Road)
10. After Linden
Court by Business Rt. 209 in Sciota
11. Tom Quick,
for killing Indians indiscriminately in what is today the Milford
area to avenge his father's death in 1756.
12. New York
14. N. 5th St.
& N. 9th St., Stroudsburg and in Portland.
day at Lewis', Big Star & Hilltop ice cream parlors.
20. Jim Thorpe--formerly
the town of Mauch Chunk.
and Sy -o-ta