by Bruce Edward Mowday


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Parkesburg by Bruce Edward Mowday

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531643041
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 12/01/2009
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)

About 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.

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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