Pike County, Pennsylvania was named after Zebulon Montgomery Pike Jr. (January 5, 1778 – April 27, 1813), an American soldier, explorer, and Freemason, whose Pike expedition, often compared to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, mapped much of the southern portion of the Louisiana Purchase. Pike's Peak is one of the most famous locations named after Zebulon Pike.
His father, also named Zebulon Pike, was an officer in the Continental Army under General George Washington and served in the United States Army after the end of the Revolutionary War.
One famed ancestor of Zebulon Pike is John Pike (1613-1688/1689), who was a founder of Woodbridge, New Jersey and a judge and politician of the early colony of New Jersey.
Another famous Pike is the shadowy Masonic figure Albert Pike, who was related to Zebulon, through their mutual ancestor John Pike.
Albert Pike (December 29, 1809–April 2, 1891), who was an attorney, explorer, soldier, writer, and Freemason. Pike is the only Confederate military officer or figure to be honored with an outdoor statue in Washington, D.C. (in Judiciary Square).
Albert Pike was elected Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite's Southern Jurisdiction in 1859. (Some have said that the Civil War was an occult battle between the northern and southern branches of Freemasonry.) He remained Sovereign Grand Commander for the remainder of his life (a total of thirty-two years), devoting a large amount of his time to developing the rituals of the order. Notably, he published a book called Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in 1871, of which there were several subsequent editions. Pike is still sometimes regarded in America as an eminent and influential Freemason.
Some have said that the Civil War was an occult battle between the northern and southern branches of Freemasonry. Some within the ranks of conspiracy theorist even are so bold as to say that Albert Pike "was chosen by [Italy's Giuseppe] Mazzini to head the Illuminati operations in America and moved to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1852."
The two troopers were ambushed outside a State of Pennsylvania police barracks at Blooming Grove, Pike County during a 10:50 p.m. Friday shift change, leaving one dead and another injured, with authorities scouring the densely wooded countryside and beyond on September 12, 2014, looking for the shooter or shooters.
The dead lawman as identified as Cpl. Bryon Dickson (above) and the other fallen officer is Trooper Alex Douglass, who was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
Law enforcement officials from Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, rushed to the Poconos to help search on foot and by helicopter for the mystery shooter or shooters. The Blooming Grove barracks is in a wooded area, surrounded by state game lands, near Interstate 84. The Blooming Grove barracks covers most of Pike County, which runs along the Delaware River and borders New Jersey and New York.
This is the third death of a state trooper in the Poconos area in the last 35 years.
Pennsylvania State Trooper Joshua Miller was shot and killed June 7, 2009, by a father who had kidnapped his nine-year-old son. After taking the boy from his home in Nazareth, the father led police on a chase through Northampton and Monroe counties before he was cornered on Route 611 in Tobyhanna.
An eleven-year veteran of the New Jersey State Police, Trooper Philip Lamonaco was shot and killed Dec. 21, 1981, by members of a radical environmental group, known as the United Freedom Front, during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Knowlton Township.