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"Allentown, a handsome city, capital of Lehigh co., Pa., on the right bank of the Lehigh River, and on the Lehigh Valley Railroad, about 60 miles N. by W. from Philadelphia, 90 miles E.N.E. of Harrisburg, and 16 miles S.W. of £ It is the E. terminus of the East Pennsylvania Branch of the Reading Railroad. The Lehigh & Susquehanna Railroad passes along the other side of the river. Allentown is built on high ground and is surrounded by a beautiful and fertile country. The houses are mostly built of brick and stone. The streets are wide, straight, and lighted with electricity and gas. It has about 25 churches, 2 high schools, 2 national banks, a trust company, 3 daily and 6 weekly papers, of which 4 are in German. Here is Muhlenberg College, which is under the direction of the Lutherans; also Allentown Female College. The prosperity of the city is largely derived from the manufacture of pig iron and forged and rolled iron. Here are several extensive furnaces, rolling-mills, forges, and iron-foundries. Pop. in 1860, 8025; in 1880, 18,063; in 1890, 25,228."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1762 - Allentown, Pennsylvania founded
    Incorporated as Northamptontown.
    www.wikipedia.org

  • 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...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

  • Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
    Hospital
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
    Albert High School
  • 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...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...Read MORE...


  • 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....Read MORE...


  • Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
    Public Square
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
    Lehigh Bridge
  • 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...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...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...Read MORE...


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

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  • 1762 - Allentown, Pennsylvania founded
    Incorporated as Northamptontown. www.wikipedia.org
  • 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... 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
  • 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... 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... Read MORE...

  • 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.... 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... 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... 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... Read MORE...

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

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