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Watson Township was formed in January 1848 from parts of Porter and Cummings Townships. It is named for Oliver Watson who was the president of a bank in nearby Williamsport at the time.[3]

Watson Township is and always has been a largely unpopulated area. It is mountainous and covered with a thriving second growth forest. During the late 1800s much of the land was stripped of its old-growth forests. At the time central Pennsylvania, and the city of Williamsport was the center of the lumber industry in the United States. Trees were cut down and floated down Pine Creek, which flows through Watson Township. There were several sawmills along Pine Creek in the township. Other early attempts at industry included an iron forge along Furnace Run. There were several deposits of iron ore in Watson Township, but the ore proved to be of low quality and the investors in the iron furnaces struggled to turn a profit. The furnaces were abandoned and little evidence of their existence remains.    (source: Wikipedia)

Watson Township is in the heart of beautiful Pine Creek Valley and has great fishing and hunting.  The Pine Creek Rail Trail follows Pine Creek and Route 44 through the township.  Parking for the Rail Trail is available on Route 44 North about 2 miles from Route 220.  We invite everyone to visit our beautiful township in Lycoming County.  This site is a communication resource available to all residents and others with an interest in Watson Township.  Your comments or suggestions are always welcome.

Address: 5172 North State Route 44, Jersey Shore PA 17740 

Phone: (570) 398-7829            Fax: (570) 398-8160

E-mail Address: watson@watsontownship.comcastbiz.net  or watsontwp@verizon.net

James Seltzer, Supervisor, Chairman

James Potter, Supervisor, Vice-Chairman

L. Gene Zinck, Supervisor

Allen D. Green, Secretary/Treasurer

William Wolfe, Zoning Officer

Robert L. Bertin, Sewage Enforcement Officer

L. Gene Zinck, Roadmaster

Paul Stitzer, Jr., Emergency Management Coordinator

Janet Hillyard, Tax Collector

Please call the Township office at (570) 398-7829 for all township business.