Dean M. Chriss
Ozone Falls, Autumn, Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania

Ozone Falls, Autumn, Pennsylvania

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The steep 60 foot (18.3 meter) high cascade of Ozone Falls is the highest in Glen Leigh and the second highest waterfall in Pennsylvania's Ricketts Glen State Park.

The park is named for R. Bruce Ricketts, the proprietor of a nearby hotel from 1873 to 1903. The waterfalls drew people to the area and Ricketts' hotel, so he built a trail system between the waterfalls that, with a few modifications, is still used today. By the 1890s Ricketts owned or controlled over 80,000 acres (32375 ha, 120 square miles) and made a fortune clear-cutting almost all of that land. Fortunately about 2,000 acres (809 ha) of virgin forest in three glens containing the waterfalls were preserved, probably because logging the steep terrain was too difficult and expensive. After R. B. Ricketts death in 1918, his heirs began selling land to the state of Pennsylvania. When efforts to make Ricketts Glen a national park in the 1930s were ended by the Second World War and budget issues, Pennsylvania purchased the remaining land in 1942 and opened Ricketts Glen State Park in 1944, just before the war ended.