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The 5 natural watersheds of McMullen House

Every land area on the planet is located in a watershed that collects water from precipitation that then flows to the ocean. Most watersheds start as a headwater stream or first-order stream and then progress into larger streams that go from first-order up to sixth-order. McMullen House Bed & Breakfast is located on a headwater stream called Church Run, a part of the much larger Mississippi River watershed.

Church Run, a tributary to Oil Creek

Church Run from PA 89 in Titusville, Pa.
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McMullen House Bed & Breakfast is located within the Church Run watershed. Any precipitation, such as rain, fog, ice, or snow that falls on the property of the Bed & Breakfast flows into Church Run, either directly by runoff or through groundwater seepage. Church Run rises about two miles north of Titusville on the Thompson Creek divide and then flows south to Oil Creek. Church Run is a small stream with a watershed of 4 square miles. The lower sections of Church Run, or about half of the stream, are urbanized and channelized in Titusville, Pennsylvania.

Oil Creek, a tributary to the Allegheny River

Oil Creek at Jersey Bridge — Credit: VitaleBaby at English Wikipedia, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Oil Creek is one of 26 streams named Oil Creek in the United States and one of four in Pennsylvania. It is a large stream that begins its journey on the divide of South Branch French Creek. Three large tributaries join Oil Creek on its southerly trip to the Allegheny River and include East Branch Oil Creek, Thompson Creek, and Pine Creek. Oil Creek has a watershed of 319 square miles and is almost 47 miles in length. Oil Creek joins the Allegheny River at Oil City, Pennsylvania.

Allegheny River, a tributary to the Ohio River

Allegheny River near East Brady, Pennsylvania — Credit: Nyttend, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Allegheny River rises in Potter County, Pennsylvania on Cobb Hill near the “triple divide” between those streams that flow to the Mississippi River, the St. Lawrence River, and the Chesapeake Bay (Atlantic Ocean). It drains a watershed 11,580 square miles in size and flows in a general southwest direction to meet the Monogahela River at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to become the Ohio River. Its total length is 325 miles and along the way, it picks up Oil Creek.

Ohio River, a tributary to the Mississippi River

Ohio River Island National Wildlife Refuge between West Virginia and Ohio — Credit: Butler Janet, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Ohio River begins its journey to the Mississippi River at the confluence of it and the Monongahela River at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is the largest tributary of the Mississippi River and forms the border of a number of states. The Ohio River drains most of the area in the United States from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi River. Along its journey, it joins with several large tributaries including the Tennessee River and the Cumberland River. The Ohio River is navigable to riverboats for its entire distance.

Mississippi River, a tributary to the Gulf of Mexico

Towboat with barges on Mississippi River.
Barge on the Lower Mississippi River — Credit: Thomas Robertson, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Mississippi River is the last tributary before reaching the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the precipitation that falls on the property of McMullen House Bed & Breakfast may eventually pass New Orleans, Louisiana, and enter the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River is the largest river in North America and is an important artery for the movement of goods in the United States. Near New Orleans, the Mississippi River enters the Gulf of Mexico directly or via the Atchafalaya River. The Mississippi River drains most of the midwest and parts of the eastern and western United States.

Stay at McMullen House Bed & Breakfast

Book your stay at McMullen House Bed & Breakfast to see the gardens, birdwatch, and see a small part of the Mississippi River watershed. If you are a member of a conservation organization you will get 10% off the regular rate.

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