Williamsport, Boomtown on the Susquehanna, Pennsylvania (Making of America Series)

Williamsport, Boomtown on the Susquehanna, Pennsylvania (Making of America Series)

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Overview

Nestled at the foot of the Appalachian mountains and divided by the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, Williamsport's striking landscape provided inspiration as well as protection even before the town's inception in 1796. What was once the beacon of a thriving lumber industry and in time became the cradle of our nation's pastime with baseball's Little League World Series, has evolved into a city with a dynamic story rich in culture and tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738524382
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 08/28/2003
Series: Making of America Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,274,323
Product dimensions: 6.56(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Authors Robin Van Auken and Louis Hunsinger, Jr. combine their extensive anthropological and historical experience to create an insightful account of a fertile valley that grew from a struggling frontier village into a town with a taste for success, eventually molding itself into a magnetic and vibrant city. In conjunction with compelling images, this narrative offers a comprehensive view into the singular qualities of this distinctive community.

Authors Robin Van Auken and Louis Hunsinger, Jr. combine their extensive anthropological and historical experience to create an insightful account of a fertile valley that grew from a struggling frontier village into a town with a taste for success, eventually molding itself into a magnetic and vibrant city. In conjunction with compelling images, this narrative offers a comprehensive view into the singular qualities of this distinctive community.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments6
Introduction7
1.Prehistory of the Susquehanna West Branch Valley9
2.Early Settlers, Revolutionary War17
3.Organization of Lycoming County, Founding of Williamsport29
4.Transportation Through the Susquehanna Valley and the Canal Period36
5.The Lumber Boom41
6.Abolition and the Underground Railroad52
7.Williamsport and the Civil War59
8.Industrial Development73
9.New Century, New Ideas92
10.The Rise of Recreation108
11.The Changing World123
12.On the Shoulders of Giants141
Bibliography156
Index158

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