River Ridge Stone Gate

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An unknown gentleman and the farm secretary sitting on the 21 ton rock that makes up the top of the lower gate.

 

Visitors arriving by rail to Joe Sibley's private railway station were greeted by this imposing stone gate.  After passing through this gate, visitors travelled the 3/4 mile road to the mansion awed by the view of the mansion setting 3/4 of the way up the hillside and the flowers on both sides of the road.  Note by William Passauer: In the 1960's, all of the field behind the gate was still there presenting most of the original view the travelers must have enjoyed.  Unfortunately, over the years, the forest has reclaimed most of the field.  As a result, the original view is now not possible.

A view of the gate before most of the posts were covered with brush. Photo courtesy of David Nepo.

Another overall picture of the stone gate before it was

overgrown with brush as it is today.  Photo courtesy of David Nepo.

A close-up view of the stone gate.  Photo courtesy of David Nepo.

A detailed picture of the rote iron gate structure.   Photo courtesy of David Nepo.

Another view of the stone gate posts.  Note the bell tower off in the distance.  Photo courtesy of David Nepo.

Another view of the stone gate.  Note the Manager's home in the distance.  Photo courtesy of David Nepo.

A summer view of the stone gate.  At first you think there are some red flowers

to the left of the gate, but it's just dirt.  Photo courtesy of Bill Pixley

 

 

Stone Gate, an artistic view. Photo courtesy of Tracy Weldon.

The area in front of the Stone Gate where the Sibley private Railway Station and the rail road tracks once were located. 

This area is now a bicycle path between Oil City and Franklin, PA. 

This view is looking south toward Franklin.  The Stone Gate would be to the left.

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