Borough officials from Three Springs recently discovered stone work near one of the borough’s three original springs was damaged.
According to borough council president Charles “Moose” Harper, the stone work, which is by the backstop at the baseball field in the borough, was hit by a vehicle about a week ago.
The damaged section includes the cap on top of the stone work protecting the spring that measures approximately 4 feet by 5 feet.
“We had a state trooper down in the area to look at it,” he said. “We think it was hit by a pickup truck, as there was a piece of running board that was found near the scene of the incident.”
Harper said the spring is part of the town’s history.
“It is of historical value, and we’re trying to find out who hit it,” he said.
This isn’t the first time the stone work that protects the springs, which helped to give the borough its name, has been damaged.
“It’s been hit before,” said Harper. “We have put it back, but the taxpayer has to pay for it, so if someone hit it, they should admit it.”
The two other springs in the borough are located below the tabernacle near the Three Springs Fire Hall as well as another one in the parking lot near the baseball field.
While the town was originally named Scottsville in honor of Gen. Winfield Scott April 5, 1843, there was another borough by the same name, so the name of Three Springs was then given to the town when it officially became incorporated Nov. 19, 1969.
The three springs that give the borough its name are formed from Spring Creek and North Spring Branch that flow through the borough, joining just southeast of the borough limits to form Three Springs Creek, an east-flowing tributary of Aughwick Creek and part of the Juniata River watershed. Sinking Run, another tributary of Three Springs Creek, flows through the eastern part of the borough.
Harper said it’s important to preserve the history of the town.
“It’s valuable to the people who live here,” he said.
If anyone has information about this incident, people are encouraged to call state police at Huntingdon at 627-3161.