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Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA
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Where is Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA?
Reading is the county seat of Berks County. The city, approximately halfway between Philadelphia and the state capital at Harrisburg, is strategically situated along a major transportation route from Central to Eastern Pennsylvania, and lent its name to the now-defunct Reading Railroad, which transported anthracite coal from the Pennsylvania Coal Region to the eastern United States via the Port of Philadelphia.
Reading was one of the first localities where outlet shopping became a tourist industry. It has been known as "The Pretzel City" because of numerous local pretzel bakeries.
In 1743, Richard and Thomas Penn (sons of William Penn) mapped out the town of Reading with Conrad Weiser. Taking its name from Reading, Berkshire, England, the town was established in 1748. Upon the creation of Berks County in 1752, Reading became the county seat. The region was settled by emigrants from southern and western Germany who bought land from the Penns. The first Amish community in the New World was established in Greater Reading, Berks County.
1843 - Railroad Collision Another of those terrific accidents occurred yesterday on the Philadelphia and Pottsville Railroad, which can always be avoided by a simple attention to the duty of a Railroad agent: never start a car when a train from an opposite direction is due; let no persuasion induce you to depart from this ru...Read MORE...
1888 - A TERRIBLE CALAMITY. THE FLOOR OF A NEWLY BUILT CHURCH GIVES WAY. OVER ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE INJURED, SOME FATALLY. THE WILDEST EXCITEMENT PREVAILS AND FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE BECOME PANIC STRICKEN BUT COOLER HEADS FINALLY RESCUE THE UNFORTUNATE MEN, WOMAN AND CHILDREN FROM THE WRECK - THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT - LIST OF INJURED.
Reading, Pa., Oct. 8. - The cornerstone of the Polish Catholic Church, Twelf...Read MORE...
1889 - Mrs. May, of Reading, Pa., received word on the 6th that she was to inherit $300,000 from an uncle who died recently in California.
St Joseph Herald Saint Joseph, Michigan February 9, 1889 Added: 4/26/2014 6:40:49 PM - 1 Updated: 6/22/2014 9:02:07 PM - 1
1904 - Button Saved His Life Special to The Inquirer
READING, Pa., Aug. 17 - A button saved the life of Allen R. Dunkelberger when he and several friends were engaged in target practice with a .32-calibre revolver. As one of his companions pulled the trigger, Dunkelberger, who had his back turned, faced about and hap...Read MORE...
1906 Reading, a city, the seat of justice of Berks co., Pa., is beautifully situated on the Schuylkill River and on the Philadelphia and Reading and the Pennsylvania Rs., 59 miles NW. of Philadelphia. Located in the midst of the rich agricultural districts of the Schuylkill and Lebanon valleys, and in th...Read MORE...
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