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Why "The"?
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The Delaware

Spring Creek

The Letort

Big Spring

The Yough

French Creek

The Bushkill

Yellow Creek

The Little J

Spruce Creek

The Conodoguinet

Opossum Creek

The Brandywine

White Clay

The Pennypack

Valley Creek

The Tionesta

Oil Creek

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It just sounds better... like The Ohio State University.

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I've sometimes pondered this too. I suppose it isn't worth over analyzing - probably just tradition or local convention. Some of the streams on this list go both ways. Locals in the Cumberland Valley often refer to The Big Spring and Conodoguinet often lacks the "the" part unless, it is "The Connie."

New York and New England waters seem to use "The" a bit more(?)

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Which Spring Creek?
The Spring Creek.

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You forgot one.
The Pine.

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Depends whether you put on Creek or River at the end.

Pennypack Creek is ok. So is The Pennypack. But The Pennypack Creek is a little much. Almost redundant, because in context, "the" refers to a body of water, as does "creek".

Beyond that, I think whether the name could mean something else has a lot to do with whether it's ok to use "the ____." For instance, if I say I'm goin to the Letort, pretty much everyone would understand exactly what I mean. But if I say I'm goin to the valley, well...

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tradition.

generally used when there's only one of.


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Looks pretty much like the full two-word waters drop the "The"....

(The The... now there was a band!)

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That certainly doesn't work with "The Pine". I think there's a Pine Creek in nearly every county!

And calling it by it's proper name, like "Pine Creek" doesn't distinguish it anymore than "The Pine" does.

But to be fair, when I use "The" on that one, I usually say "The Big Pine" or something similar, to distinguish it from all the rest.

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You obviously have missed that running gag, pcray!

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generally 'is on fire' added after anything that starts w/ 'The'.

Also, someone said 'The Oak' in another thread. #censor# that. It's Oak Orchard #censor# Creek. It's barely worthy of the title creek let alone 'The'.

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WE ARE



SPRING CREEK

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Quote:

wsender wrote:
generally 'is on fire' added after anything that starts w/ 'The'.

Also, someone said 'The Oak' in another thread. #censor# that. It's Oak Orchard #censor# Creek. It's barely worthy of the title creek let alone 'The'.


The Orchard...

Posted on: 2013/9/13 13:55


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I'll play...

THE Jordan.

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No list like this would be complete without "The Tully" - finest tailwater in the east. lol

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