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Lebanon was founded by George Steitz in 1740 and was originally named Steitztown.

Lebanon was settled by European colonists in 1720, many with the family names of "Steitz" and "Light", along a creek that was then named "Steitz Creek". The Light patriarchs built a fort to protect against Indians and named it "Light's Fort". The town was laid out in 1753, incorporated as a borough on February 20, 1821, and became a city on November 25, 1885. It adopted the commission form of government, consisting of four councilmen and a mayor.

Lebanon bologna was first made here. Lebanon was formerly home to a major steel mill operated by Bethlehem Steel.

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA

Eagle Hotel

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Church and Lehman Sts., Lebanon, Pa.

Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA

St. Luke's Episcopal Church and Rectory, Lebanon, Pa.

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  • 1854 - Lebanon
    Lebanon, a well-built town of South Lebanon township, and capital of Lebanon county, Pennsylvania, is beautifully situated in a fertile limestone valley, 25 miles E. from Harrisburg, with which it is connected by turnpike. The streets are regularly laid out, and the houses mostly built of brick or stone. It contains an academy, a bank, and several churches. Lebanon is the centre of an active trade, for which the Union canal affords facilities. A company has been chartered to construct a railroad, which, when finished, will connect this town with Harrisburg and Reading. In the vicinity are several very large anthracite furnaces, each of which can- produce more than 100 tons of iron per week. There are 4 newspapers published here. Population in 1850, 2184.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • News  1889 - E. Laudermilch, whose house was recently destroyed by fire at Lebanon, Pa.,
    recovered the gold and silver on the 8th which he had in the dwelling at the time The coin amounted to $8,750.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 13, 1889
    Lebanon, Pa., Nov. 5. - By the breaking out of molten iron in the stack of the Colebrook Furnace No. 1 yesterday HARVEY BOHER, HENRY FARTIG, ISAAC SIEGRIST, WILLIAM SNYDER and HARVEY BECK were killed, and JOHN BOHER, BENJAMIN ECK and ENOCH EISENHAUER were severely burned.

    The men, all of whom were laborers, were overwhelmed by the rush of molten metal while at work, and some of them were burned almost beyond recognition.

    The hoisting shaft of the furnace was destroyed.
    Logansport Pharos Tribune
    Logansport, Indiana
    November 5, 1889
  • 1895 - Lebanon
    Lebanon, a post-borough, capital of Lebanon co., Pa., is pleasantly situated in a fertile limestone valley, 28 miles W. of Reading, 26 miles E. by N. of Harrisburg, and 86 miles W.N.W. of Philadelphia. It is on the Union Canal and the Lebanon Valley Railroad, at its junction with the Lebanon & Pine Grove Railroad, and is the N. terminus of the Cornwall Railroad. It contains 13 churches, a court house, 2 or 3 national banks, 2 savings-banks, a Catholic academy, and printing-offices which issue 2 daily and 4 weekly newspapers, 1 of which is in German. Lebanon has also 2 rolling-mills, 4 anthracite (iron) furnaces, 2 flouring-mills, 3 planing-mills, and manufactures of rail road-cars, iron castings, engines, boilers, carriages, farming implements, &c. Pop. in 1880, 8778; in 1890, 14,664.
    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
  • News  1900 - BABE TRAMPLED UPON BY FRANTIC PASSENGERS Cars Collide on Lebanon Trolley Line, Twenty Injured in the Crash.
    Special to The Inquirer.

    LEBANON, Pa., Dec. 22. - Two cars filled with Christmas shoppers collided this afternoon on the Lebanon Valley Street Railway, a short distance west of this city, with disastrous results. About twenty persons were injured, some of them seriously. The 18 months' old baby of Mrs. J. W. Walter, of Annville, was trampled on by the panic-stricken passengers and injured so badly that it is not expected to recover, while many of the other passengers were cut by flying glass and splinters.

    The accident occurred at a steep grade, neither motorman seeing each other until the cars almost meet, when it was too late to prevent a collision. Over one hundred passengers were on the two cars, one being a regular, while the other was a special bringing Christmas shoppers to this city from Palmyra and Annville.

    The accident caused great excitement here, relief cars and ambulances being sent to the scene of the collision, which conveyed the injured to their homes. The... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Lebanon, a city, capital of Lebanon CO., Pa., is pleasantly situated in a fertile limestone valley, 28 miles W. of Beading, on the Philadelphia and Beading, the Cornwall and Lebanon, and the Cornwall Rs. It is in a rich coal and iron region and has rolling-mills, iron-furnaces, large chain-works, etc., and manufactures of railroad-ears, iron- castings, engines, boilers, bolts and nuts, silk-machinery, carriages, farming-implements, organs, etc. Pop. in 1880, 8778 ; in 1890, 14,664 ; in 1900, 17,628.
    Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA

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male ancestorChristian Peter LANDERS (4 May 1779, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA (Steitztown) - 4 July 1837, Putnam, Indiana, USA)
female ancestorKate Minnie NILES (27 December 1837, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA (Steitztown) - 27 March 1921, Windham, Connecticut, USA (Willimantic))
male ancestorJohn ISLEMAN ( 26 December 1855, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA (Steitztown) - 27 April 1930, Cameron, Marshall, West Virginia, USA)
female ancestorEmma BENDER (14 October 1872, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA (Steitztown) - 11 August 1968, )
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