One month after Centre County was created, eight
new counties were formed in the western part of the
State by the Act of March 12, 1800. One of these
was Beaver County, taken from Washington and
Allegheny, and named for the Big Beaver River, or Creek,
which was so called because of the great number of
beavers once found on its banks and in its waters.
Beaver County, in its modern aspect, has been
celebrated by no less a writer than Rudyard Kipling,
who asks his reader to "imagine a rolling, wooded English,
landscape, with the softest of blue skies, dotted at
three-mile intervals with fat little, quiet little
villages, or aggressive little manufacturing towns."