Imler, Pennsylvania: Lost Children of the Alleghenies

Two young brothers, lost in the woods in 1856. A monument marks the spot where their bodies were found because of a stranger's mysterious dream.

Address:
Monument Rd, Imler, PA
Directions:
I-99 exit 10. Drive west on Sarah Furnace Rd/Mowrys Mill Rd for four miles. Bear right onto Hwy 869. Follow Hwy 869 for four miles. Turn right onto Monument Rd (a gravel road). Drive 2.5 miles. There's a pull-off to park your car. Follow a path through the woods, over a little bridge, to the monument.
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Memorial to the Lost Children.

Lost Children of the Alleghenies

There is about a 900 foot walk to the memorial.

[Brooke Chesson-Riedel, 06/12/2021]

According to a sign at the site, in 1856, after weeks of searches by the locals, a farmer had the same dream three times that led him to locate the Lost Children. The caged memorial is at the spot where the two bodies were discovered.

Memorial.

Lost Children of the Alleghenies

On a gravel road that you swear will never end (although it's only about 2.5 miles) is a pull-off spot to park your car. You follow a path through the woods, over a little bridge, to the fenced-off monument to the Lost Children of the Alleghenies.

Two brothers, Joseph and George Cox, went missing on April 24, 1856. Their parents and neighbors searched for them, but they were never found. Eight days later a man had a reoccurring "prophetic dream" about where the boys were. On May 7 the man told his brother-in-law, they followed his dream, and found the two missing brothers, who had probably succumbed to exposure.

In 1906, for the 50th anniversary of the event, the community of Pavia took up donations for a Lost Children of the Alleghenies Monument to honor the Cox family. In 1910 they erected the monument at the spot where Joseph and George Cox were found over 50 years earlier.

[Claire, 10/04/2017]

If you want to visit Joseph and George's graves, they're buried in Mount Union Cemetery.


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