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

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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738524382
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: Making of America Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,384,115
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet 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.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6
Introduction 7
1. Prehistory of the Susquehanna West Branch Valley 9
2. Early Settlers, Revolutionary War 17
3. Organization of Lycoming County, Founding of Williamsport 29
4. Transportation Through the Susquehanna Valley and the Canal Period 36
5. The Lumber Boom 41
6. Abolition and the Underground Railroad 52
7. Williamsport and the Civil War 59
8. Industrial Development 73
9. New Century, New Ideas 92
10. The Rise of Recreation 108
11. The Changing World 123
12. On the Shoulders of Giants 141
Bibliography 156
Index 158
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