MUNICIPALITY:  West Keating Township
CEMETERY NAME:   Furst-McGonigal Cemetery SCHADT NUMBER:  150


Number of Burials (approximate):  15

Dates of Activity:  1880 - 1915



CCGS, The Cemeteries of Colebrook, East Keating, Grugan, Leidy, Noyes, and West Keating Townships (2008)




From the intersection of Jay and Water Streets in Lock Haven (the Lock Haven Courthouse), travel west on Water Street for 1 mile.  Turn right onto PA Route 120 (Susquehanna Avenue) and travel 38.9 miles, to Keating.  Turn left onto Keating Road and go over the bridge.  Continue on this road.  At 0.7 mile, the road splits three ways.  Continue on Keating Mountain Road (gravel) which is toward your left but not the leftmost road.  From this point, travel 6.6 miles.  At a "T" in the road, bear right, keeping on Keating Mountain Road, and travel another 4.1 miles, a total of 10.7 miles on Keating Mountain Road.  (At the 7.5 mile point you will pass a turn-off to Dutchman Road and at 8.5 miles a turn-off to Birch Island Road.  Do not take these.)  Bear right at a "Y" and travel 2.3 miles to the Keating Township Building, on your left.  Turn left onto Jim L Road.  The road winds through the woods, and becomes very bad with deep ruts and heavy ponding areas, which renders it impassable after a point.  A 4-wheel drive can probably make it 1.1 mile down this road to a field on the left, which is a good place to leave the vehicle.  Continue walking on this road for about another mile.  It becomes a narrow path and winds through deep woods and splits at the bottom of a hill.  Turn right at this point and walk about 100 yards to the cemetery on your left.  It is fairly overgrown.  Due to the extreme remoteness of this cemetery, it is best not to go there alone.  (NOTE:  In Spring, 2007, this road was improved with gravel and is drivable to the cemetery if you have a good four-wheel drive.)

GPS = N41 09.328 W78 02.777

Landowner / Caretaker:







This cemetery is said to have been started when a Furst, who had been a Justice of the Peace, owned the land.  Later, Jim L. McGonigal purchased the land, and it came to be known as McGonigal Cemetery.  The persons buried there likely lived nearby.  At one time, there were settlements in the area along the river, with railroads and lumbering being economic mainstays in nearby Cataract.