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History of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

German immigrants, known as Pennsylvania Dutch (from "Deutsch" meaning German), were the first to settle in the area in 1709. At that time it was known as "Hickory Town". The Honorable James Hamilton laid it out in building lots and out lots, and in May 10, 1729, it became the county seat. John Wright, a prominent citizen, gave it the name "Lancaster" after Lancaster, England where he formerly lived. The city is known as the "Red Rose City" due to its link to Lancaster, England. Lancaster became a borough in 1742, a charted city on March 10, 1818, and surrendered its ancient city charter and became a Third Class City under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on May 27, 1924.

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  • 1812 - December 4 - Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pa patents a horse-drawn mower

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  • 1854 - Lancaster
    Lancaster city, capital of Lancaster co., Pennsylvania, is pleasantly situated on the Philadelphia and Columbia railroad, 1 mile W. from Conestoga...Read MORE...


  • News 1865 - TERRIBLE RAILROAD ACCIDENT. NINE PERSONS INSTANTLY KILLED !!
    From the Harrisburg Telegraph.
    One of the most horrible railroad accidents that occurred during the present year, happened on Saturday afternoon, on ...Read MORE...


  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
    1880s
    Vacuum Harness Oil
    M. Haberbush
    Lancaster, PA
    Advertisement
  • News 1882 - INSANE ASYLUM BURNS.
    Lancaster, Pa., August, 14 - While SAMUEL METZELL'S barn was burning today the County Insane Asylum was discovered to be on fire.

    There were 114...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Lancaster
    Lancaster, a city, the capital of Lancaster co, Pa., is situated near the W. bank of Conestoga Creek, on the Pennsylvania Railroad, 69 miles W. of...Read MORE...


  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
    Dr. Raub's Egg White Soap
    The Grandest toilet Soap Made
    Nothing Else Like It
    10 Cents a Cake
    $1.00 a Dozen

    Charles F. Miller, Lancaster, Pa.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    December 1898
    Advertisement
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
    P.R.R. Depot, Lancaster, Pa.
    Postcard
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
    Penn Square, showing Woolworth Building, Lancaster, Pa.
    Postcard
  • 1916
    Lancaster, a city, the capital of Lancaster co., Pa., is situated near the W. bank of Conestoga Creek, on the Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia and...Read MORE...


  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
    Thaddeus Stevens Industrial School, Lancaster, Pa.
    Postcard
  • 1949 - March 18 - WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting

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  • News 1957 - January 3 - 1st electric watch introduced, Lancaster Pa

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    January 3, 1957



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Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
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1880s
Vacuum Harness Oil
M. Haberbush
Lancaster, PA
Advertisement

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Dr. Raub's Egg White Soap
The Grandest toilet Soap Made
Nothing Else Like It
10 Cents a Cake
$1.00 a Dozen

Charles F. Miller, Lancaster, Pa.

The Ladies' Home Journal
December 1898
Advertisement

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
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P.R.R. Depot, Lancaster, Pa.
Postcard



Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Penn Square, showing Woolworth Building, Lancaster, Pa.
Postcard

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
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Thaddeus Stevens Industrial School, Lancaster, Pa.
Postcard
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History and News of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

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  • 1812 - December 4 - Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pa patents a horse-drawn mower

    historyorb.com
  • 1854 - Lancaster
    Lancaster city, capital of Lancaster co., Pennsylvania, is pleasantly situated on the Philadelphia and Columbia railroad, 1 mile W. from Conestoga... Read MORE...

  • News  1865 - TERRIBLE RAILROAD ACCIDENT. NINE PERSONS INSTANTLY KILLED !!
    From the Harrisburg Telegraph.
    One of the most horrible railroad accidents that occurred during the present year, happened on Saturday afternoon, on ... Read MORE...

  • News  1882 - INSANE ASYLUM BURNS.
    Lancaster, Pa., August, 14 - While SAMUEL METZELL'S barn was burning today the County Insane Asylum was discovered to be on fire.

    There were 114... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Lancaster
    Lancaster, a city, the capital of Lancaster co, Pa., is situated near the W. bank of Conestoga Creek, on the Pennsylvania Railroad, 69 miles W. of... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Lancaster, a city, the capital of Lancaster co., Pa., is situated near the W. bank of Conestoga Creek, on the Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia and... Read MORE...

  • 1949 - March 18 - WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting

    historyorb.com
  • News  1957 - January 3 - 1st electric watch introduced, Lancaster Pa

    historyorb.com
    January 3, 1957

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