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Parkesburg, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

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Parkesburg is located in Chester County, one of William Penn's original three counties. The town was first known as the Fountain Inn, after a 1730s tavern, and the tavern later became the town's first post office. Fountain Inn was renamed Parkesburg after prominent politician John G. Parke. A number of important businesses had connections to Parkesburg, including the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad, which was later a part of the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 1872, Horace Beale moved his ironworks from nearby ...

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Overview

Parkesburg is located in Chester County, one of William Penn's original three counties. The town was first known as the Fountain Inn, after a 1730s tavern, and the tavern later became the town's first post office. Fountain Inn was renamed Parkesburg after prominent politician John G. Parke. A number of important businesses had connections to Parkesburg, including the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad, which was later a part of the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 1872, Horace Beale moved his ironworks from nearby Hibernia to Parkesburg and named it the Parkesburg Iron Company. The company had a competitive baseball team, and major?leaguers such as Babe Ruth played against the team. The town also was home to one of the first airfields in the county.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738565712
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 1,416,419
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Edward Mowday is the author of five Arcadia volumes: Coatesville, Downingtown, West Chester, Along the Brandywine River, and Chester County Mushroom Farming. Parkesburg is a collaboration involving the Parkesburg Free Library, the author, and local citizens. Many of the photographs in Parkesburg were drawn from the library's collection.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 The Early Days 9

2 Community Life 23

3 Community Leaders 41

4 Landmarks 45

5 Baseball 69

6 Parkesburg Iron Company 75

7 Crystal Springs 85

8 Fire Department 91

9 Community Scenes 99

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