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Frazier's Pond - Neshannock Twnp PA

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Frazier’s Pond, along Old Plank Road just north of the New Castle city limits, was a popular recreation spot during the 1950’s and 1960’s. It was owned and operated by John P. Frazier (1901-1961), a contractor by trade, and his wife Pearl, who served as a local Justice of the Peace for a few years. Ice skating and fishing were the main activities on the pond. It seems it was open to the public until about the mid-1970’s. (c1973)

Advertisement for Frazier’s Pond. (Jan 1964)

A modern-day aerial view of Frazier’s Pond along Old Plank Road in Neshannock Township. (c2014)


  1. I am amazed that the island is gone. For so many years, that island housed ducks and about half a dozen trees. My uncle (who lived at 316 Lake Drive) swore that that island was where the big carp liked to hang out. In the summer, he would be out there, trying to catch the biggest carp in the pond.

  2. My grandfather created that lake for Frazier. He, Frazier wanted a pond like Miller’s Pond. The most well know skating pond in Neshannock owned by my great grandmother and run by my grandfather and other relatives. When creating the pond for Frazier he “shot” the ditch. What this entailed was placing 1/4 sticks of dynamite in the ground a certain distance apart in a line. The last charge had a blasting cap in it and when it was set off the others followed from the concussion. Making a long ripping sound and a perfect ditch. Then the ditch was dammed and the pond was formed. I believe my grandfather said that he simply squatted down behind a large rock a few yards away from the first charge when he set it off. With Miller’s Pond the city would run a late bus so that people could travel to skate there. After it was sold when my great grandmother died the new owner put in a permanent dam. That caused the pond to fill up with sediment and its final demise was when they re-paved Coal Town Hill and no one could park anywhere. Before it was sold my family had a dam made of boards that would be removed one by one in the spring to drain it at which time the cows grazed on it.

  3. Does anyone know how deep it is? Is it clean and swimmable now in 2019?

  4. I remember skating here up until 1980.


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