50° F
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy

Groundhog Day group working to improve Gobbler's Knob

Published On: Oct 15 2012 11:58:39 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 15 2012 12:01:49 PM EDT
Groundhog Day blurb

Doug Kerr/Wikimedia Commons

The first recorded Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, was on Feb. 2, 1886. Punxsutawney is located in west-central Pennsylvania, about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.


The club that organizes Pennsylvania's world-renowned Groundhog Day celebration is working to improve Gobbler's Knob, the tiny hill on which the celebration takes place each Feb. 2.

The first step is erecting an arch to mark the entrance to the legendary home of Punxsutawney Phil.

The Punxsutawney Spirit reported members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle broke ground for the new archway on Saturday. It's being paid for with a $4,500 Pennsylvania Wilds grant and matching funds.


The arch is the first of several steps the group is taking to improve the grounds where several thousand people gather to see if the animal emerges to see its shadow.

The traditional ceremony about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh supposedly determines whether an early spring or six more weeks of winter are likely.