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Duncannon is a small river town (population around 1,500) just north of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania located where the Juniata River connects with the mighty Susquehanna. Despite being near to the state's capitol, Duncannon is decidedly "back woods" --- the town sits in Perry County, whose claim to fame is that there still isn't a single red light to be found!

Most people learn of Duncannon by hiking the Appalachian Trail. This is one of the select few towns where the AT actually runs right down the main street (Market Street) of a village. The Doyle Hotel is an iconic rest stop for through hikers, offering food, beer and a place to sleep for weary trail walkers. In addition, through hikers may arrange to have postage delivered to the Doyle, providing them with a rare opportunity to catch up with their mail during the trek. It is somewhat appropriate that Doyle hailed from Ireland, because the town name was carried over from Duncannon in County Wexford, Ireland.

Duncannon was also home to Lightning Guider Sleds, maker of the famed "Flexible Flyer" wooden sleds, which were cheap and (somewhat) steerable. The company folded in 1988, but was renovated into a 'flea market' several years later...an enterprise which continues to thrive.

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