Kimble Creek in Pennsylvania

How did Kimble Creek in Pennsylvania get its name? This page provides a brief history about Kimble Creek in Pennsylvania, the people who settled on it, and the industry rising around it.

Haycock Township has an abundance of small spring-fed streams, but only one, Kimble Creek, important enough, it seems, to get its name upon maps. It is named on the Morris Map of Bucks County, 1850, and in the Noll Atlas of Bucks County, 1891, but is not named on topographic maps of the U.S. Geological Survey. The creek rises just across the Springfield line on the east side of a ridge 600 feet in elevation forming the watershed between Durham and Tohickon valleys. Leaving Applebachsville to the west, it crosses the entire township of Haycock in a southerly direction and empties into Tohickon Creek south of Thatcher. An attempt was made by the Bucks County Fish, Game and Forestry Association about twenty years ago to stock this stream with rainbow trout, but it was not successful. In mid-eighteenth century deeds for Haycock lands, mention is made of Joe Tuneams Run, sometimes written Jo Toonums Run. Though the fact has not been definitely determined, this stream appears to have been Kimble Creek or perhaps one of its small tributaries. Tuneam was one of the Indians who figured in the Walking Purchase Treaty of 1737 and whose signature is attached to the purchase deed. He lived on its banks for some time before moving northwestward into Northampton County, where it appears his name was the first given to the stream now known as Marshalls Creek.


MacReynolds, George. Place Names in Bucks County Pennsylvania, 2nd Edition. Doylestown, PA: The Bucks County Historical Society, 1955.

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