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Pine Creek Township is located in Clinton County, Pennsylvania and as of the 2000 census; Pine Creek Township had a population of 3,184.

Pine Creek Township is named for Pine Creek which flows into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River at the border of the township in Lycoming County between the boroughs of Avis and Jersey Shore.  Pine Creek is a tributary of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Potter, Tioga, Lycoming and Clinton counties in Pennsylvania.  The creek is 86.5 miles long.  Within Tioga County, 23.25 river miles of Pine Creek are designated as a Pennsylvania Scenic River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 14.9 square miles of which, 14.4 square miles of it is land and 0.5 square miles of it is water.

History

The Fair Play Men were illegal settlers established their own system of self-rule from 1773 to 1785 in the West Branch Susquehanna River Valley of Pennsylvania. Because they settled in territory claimed by Native Americans, they had no recourse to the Pennsylvania colonial government. Accordingly they established what was known as the Fair Play System, with three elected commissioners who ruled on land claims and other issues for the group. In a remarkable coincidence, the Fair Play Men made their own Declaration of Independence from Britain on July 4, 1776 beneath the ""Tiadaghton Elm"" on the west bank of Pine Creek, very near the mouth.

Name

Pine Creek is named for the many pine trees that lined (and now again line) much of its banks. The Iroquois called Pine Creek “Tiadaghton”, which according to Owlett, either meant “The River of Pines” or “The Lost or Bewildered River.” Pine Creek is the largest “creek” in the United States.