Share our heritage | Hecla Park skating center

Hecla Park skating center.
Hecla Park skating center. Photo provided

Each Monday the Centre Daily Times will publish an installment in our “Share our Heritage” series, featuring photos from Centre County’s past. Today’s photo is from Charles Wells, of Lake Helen, Fla.

The Centre County Historical Society’s ABCs of Centre County says this about Hecla Park:

“Built in 1820 by Isaac McKinney along the Indian trail Logan’s Path, Hecla Furnace used the water of Little Fishing Creek for power. Hecla France ceased operation in 1864. In 1893 a new railroad, the Central Railroad of Pennsylvania, connected Bellefonte with the New York Central line railroad established a park to serve as a resort. Hecla Park offered picnickers a fine wooded area, a large dam for bathing and boating, and a dance pavilion.”

Readers can contribute to the “Share our Heritage” series by sharing their own photos. Just drop off or mail copies of the photos to Centre Daily Times, 3400 E. College Ave., State College, PA 16801 or email them to Design Editor Laurie Jones at Provide as much information as you can. All photos in the weekly series are placed in a “Share our Heritage” gallery at If you have any questions about this series, Jones can be reached at 231-6461.