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Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
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Where is Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA? 

Allentown is a city located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Allentown is the county seat of Lehigh County.

The area that is today the center of Allentown was laid out as Northampton Town in 1762 by William Allen, a wealthy shipping merchant, former mayor of the city of Philadelphia and then-Chief Justice of the Province of Pennsylvania.

Allen hoped that Northampton Town would displace Easton as the seat of Northampton County and also become a commercial center due to its location along the Lehigh River and its proximity to Philadelphia.

On March 18, 1811, the town was formally incorporated as the Borough of Northamptown. On March 6, 1812, Lehigh County was formed from the western half of Northampton County, and Northampton Town was selected as the county seat. The town was officially renamed "Allentown" on April 16, 1838, after years of popular usage. Allentown was formally incorporated as a city on March 12, 1867.Wikipedia


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1762 - Allentown, Pennsylvania founded
Incorporated as Northamptontown.
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News  1884 - A SHOCK OF EARTHQUAKE Felt Over a Large Region – A Vibratory Motion from Washington to Maine
...At Allentown, Pa., there was a general rocking of houses, and in some instances the motion was so violent as to throw persons sleeping upon lounges to the floor. A party of gentlemen who were playing poker in a club-room rushed into the street hatless and coatless, under the impression that an...Read MORE...


News  1888 - A fire on the 25th in Barber & Co.'s thread-mill at Allentown, Pa., caused a loss of $250,000.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 28, 1888
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News  1909 - ALLENTOWN MAN KILLED. Alfred Ashley Thrown to Death From Wagon When Horse Bolted.
Allentown, Pa., Jan. 29.- Alfred Ashley, twenty-nine years old, was driving the delivery wagon of his brother, Ernest Ashley, a florist, on Gordan street, when the horse shied at a train and ran away. Mr. Ashley was jolted off the wagon on a crossing and was run over by the wagon. His skull was...Read MORE...


News  1909 - ALLENTOWN SCHOOL DAMAGED BY FIRE.
Allentown, Pa., March 4. - The Tenth ward school house was damaged to the extent of $20,000 by a fire, starting probably from a defective or and overheated flue. The entire west wing was gutted.
Tyrone Daily Herald
Tyrone, Pennsylvania
March 4, 1909
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1916
Allentown, a city, capital of Lehigh co., Pa., on the right bank of the Lehigh River and on the Lehigh Valley and other railroads, about 60 miles N. by W. of Philadelphia, 90 miles ENE. of Harrisburg, and 16 miles SW. of Easton. It is built on high ground, surrounded by a beau tiful and fertile...Read MORE...


News  1926 - ELEVEN DEAD AND 7 MISSING IN HOTEL FIRE AT ALLENTOWN.
Allentown, Pa., Jan. 23 - Eleven persons are known to be dead, from five to seven other victims are believed buried in the ruins and fourteen guests were injured, when a fire swept through the five floors of the Lafayette Hotel, a hundred year old structure here, shortly after 2 a.m. today.

Four ...Read MORE...



News  1947 - MAIN BUILDING AT MUHLENBERG COLLEGE BURNED.
Allentown, (INS) - The great stone walls were all that remained today of the 43-year-old administration building of Muhlenberg College which was destroyed by a general alarm fire of undetermined origin.

The fire, discovered last night about 10:30, brought virtually all Allentown equipment to the ...Read MORE...



News  1958 - SIX KILLED BY ALLENTOWN GAS BLASTS. FIRE SPECTATORS ARE VICTIMS OF HOTEL EXPLOSION.
Allentown, Pa. (UPI) - A series of gas explosions destroyed the Mountainville Inn Sunday, killing six persons including a newspaper employe apparently trying to photograph the incident.

Some 24 persons were injured, two of them critically. The injured included some of the crowd attracted to the...Read MORE...



1965 - September 29 - WLVT TV channel 39 in Allentown, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting

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