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"Harrisburg, a city, capital of Pennsylvania and of Dauphin co., is pleasantly situated on the E. bank of the Susquehanna River, 106 miles W. by N. of Philadelphia, 85 miles N. of Baltimore, and 120 miles N. of Washington, Lat. 40° 16' N.; lon. 76° 50'W. It is on the Pennsylvania and Northern Central Railroads, and is the N.E. terminus of the Cumberland Valley Railroad and the Philadelphia, Harrisburg & Pittsburg Railroad, which connect with the Lebanon Valley Railroad. Three railroad bridges here cross the river, which is 1 mile wide and flows through picturesque scenery. The capitol, a brick edifice, is located on an eminence in a park of 16 acres, and contains the state library, of about 40,000 volumes. The city has a government building, a court-house, 50 churches, the Pennsylvania State Lunatic Hospital, a state arsenal, a general hospital, an opera-house, 3 academies, 3 national banks, 3 other banks, and 2 handsome public monuments. Four daily and 12 weekly newspapers are published here. The prosperity of this city is largely derived from manufactures, for which its position is very favorable, as it has ready access to coal and iron-mines. Here are several blast-furnaces, rolling. mills, plate-mills, machine-shops, flour-mills, and manufactories of Bessemer steel, railroad-cars, carriages, boiler, cotton goods, bricks, &c. Harrisburg is the see of a Roman Catholic bishop. It became the capital of the state in 1810, and was incorporated as a city in 1860. Pop, in 1850, 7834; in 1860, 13,400; in 1870, 23,104; in 1880, 30,762; in 1890, 39,385."

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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  • 1785 - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania founded

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  • News 1786 - October 5 - The famous "Pumpkin Flood" occurred on the Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers. Harrisburg PA reported a river stage of twenty-two feet. The heavy rains culminated a wet season.

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    October 5, 1786

  • 1812 - Harrisburg became state capital of Pennsylvania

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  • 1824 - July 24 - Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper publishes results of 1st public opinion poll. Clear lead for Andrew Jackson

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  • 1836 - December 4 - Whig party holds its 1st national convention, Harrisburg, Pa

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  • News 1846 - TERRIBLE EXPLOSION AT HARRISBURG.
    The boiler of the steam-engine by which the presses in the "Democratic Union" office at Harrisburg, are worked, burst on Monday last, with an awful...Read MORE...


  • News 1897 - STATE'S BIG LOSS. FIRE AT HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA. CAPITOL DESTROYED. PENNSYLVANIA LEGISLATIVE HALLS IN RUINS. LOSS ESTIMATED AT $1,500,000.
    INEFFICIENCY OF THE HARRISBURG VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT BLAMED - MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE SAVED ALL THEY COULD - INSURANCE ONLY...Read MORE...


  • News 1907 - BIG FIRE IN HARRISBURG. LOSS ESTIMATED AT $1,000,000 - HISTORIC PLAYHOUSE DESTROYED.
    Harrisburg, Penn., Feb. 1. - Ten buildings in the centre of the business district of this city were either destroyed or badly damaged by fire early...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Harrisburg, a city, capital of Pennsylvania and of Dauphin co., is pleasantly situated on the E. bank of the Susquehanna River, 105 miles W. by N. of ...Read MORE...


  • News 1920 - BLAME FIRE ON MICE AND MATCHES; LOSS $300
    A fire, apparently caused by mice gnawing matches, occurred at the home of H. C. Felker, 1529 North Fourth street, yesterday about 4:30 p.m.

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  • 1929 - March 16 - WHP-AM in Harrisburg PA begins radio transmissions

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  • 1953 - April 15 - WHP TV channel 21 in Harrisburg, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting




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