The history of Lycoming County and Sullivan County, PA, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 46 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: Williamsport, Newbury, Jersey Shore, Ralston, Muncy (formerly Pennsborough), Hughsville, Montoursville, Laporte, Dushore, and Forksville. 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. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: First Settlers, primarily Scotch-Irish and Quakers; Minerals and Physical Features of each county, especially the lakes and other waters in Sullivan County; Internal Transportation Improvements; Land Purchase from Indians; Land Lottery and Land Disputes; "Fair-Play-Men" and Exile by Canoe; An Unintentional Icy River Voyage; Capt. John Brady, Indian fighter, and family; Adventures of Robert Covenhoven, an early settler; Revolutionary Days; Area Forts; the "Big Runaway," exodus after Indian Alarm; a section on Williamsport with Points of Interest and a small Street Map; the "Booming"Lumber Business in Williamsport; Townships; a Fourth of July Coincidence; the Mystery of a nearly-nude Damsel in Distress, an early glassworks, a gigantic hurricane, an unusual property deed, and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The recently added excerpt from the 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 Central Part of Williamsport; Lycoming County Court House at Williamsport..
Lycoming and Sullivan Counties, PA
Sources: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania; Lycoming County; Sullivan County Pennsylvania
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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