The history of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 59 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted to fit 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A clear vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania (1843) by Sherman Day; An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1876) by William Egle, M.D.; Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State compiled by WPA writers; and My Pennsylvania, a 1946 project of the Bureau of Publications, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Some Information may be repeated in various excerpts, but often with a different slant or with additional details.) The communities mentioned include: Harrisburg, Hershey, Chester, Middletown, Hummelstown, Halifax, Millersburg, Duncan's Island, Berrysburg, Baldwin, Lykens, Wiconisco, Gratz, Williamstown, Highspire, Linglestown, Union Deposit, Rockville, Fisherville, Dauphin, Clark's Ferry, Elizabethville, Hershey, Steelton, Paxtang, and Paxton. The Day and Egle histories cover the early development of this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There may occasionally be some duplication of material, but usually with a different slant or emphasis. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Early Settlers; Indian Attacks; Missionary David Brainerd's Observations on Indian Customs; Unjustifiable Outrage by Paxton Men against Conestoga Indians; Bio of John Harris family; George Frey, early example of "the American Dream"; Early Churches; Harrisburg Academy and Emmaus Institute; Early Railroads; Pennsylvania Canal; Cave of a Hermit; Map of Harrisburg with Points of Interest; Saving a Girl from a Forced Marriage; the Ice Flood, the Pumpkin Flood and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The recently added fourth book includes a 1940s map of the county, several photos and a concise update of the county's progress as it looked shortly after World War II. ILLUSTRATIONS include State Capitol Building, John Harris Grave and Railroad Bridge at Harrisburg, Distant View of Harrisburg (2) (full page), Central Park of Middletown, Harris Mansion, Old Derry Church, Old Derry Church Interior, Old Paxtang Church, Old Hanover Church, First English Church, First German Church, and "Fort Hunter."
Dauphin County, PA
Sources: History of Dauphin County Pennsylvania; Compiled from Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania, An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Etc.
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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