Rice Township, Pennsylvania
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Chartered in 1928, Rice Township was formerly part of Hanover and Wright Townships. The land comprising the original Hanover Township was granted by the Connecticut Company in 1770. In 1790, the land was divided into 11 townships, including what would become Wright Township. Wright Township was officially formed in April 1851 and named after Hon. Hendrick B. Wright of Wilkes-Barre.
In 1928, Wright Twp was split into two: the area north of the Big Wapwallopen Creek became Rice Township and the area south of the creek remained Wright. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, ice harvesting was a big industry. Ice harvested from the upper and lower ice dams, situated between Nuangola Road and Pine View, was hauled to Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton via electric train.
Rice Township is just outside of Mountain top and only 20-minutes away from Wilkes-Barre. The nearby Ice Ponds is a reservoir about 4 miles outside of Mountain Top in Wright Township. Ice was cut and harvested from the Ice Ponds for the first time in 1912. Nearby Hickory Run State Park offers many recreational activities, including hiking, disk golf, and camping. The park’s most notable feature is Boulder Field.