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Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

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Where is Reading, 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.Wikipedia


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Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - Penn Street Looking East From 4th, Reading, Pa.
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

Penn Street Looking East From 4th, Reading, Pa.
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - Shoot - The Chutes, Pendora Park, Reading, Pa.
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

Shoot - The Chutes, Pendora Park, Reading, Pa.
  
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - Pagoda at Top of Mt. Penn, Reading, Pa. 500 Feet above City and 1200 feet above Sea Level
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

Pagoda at Top of Mt. Penn, Reading, Pa. 500 Feet above City and 1200 feet above Sea Level

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News  1843 - Railroad Collision
Another of those terrific accidents occurred yesterday on the Philadelphia and Pottsville Railroad, ...Read MORE...

News  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...Read MORE...

News  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
News  1904 - Button Saved His Life
Special to The Inquirer

READING, Pa., Aug. 17 - A button saved the life of Allen R. Dunkelberger ...Read MORE...

1906
Reading, a city, the seat of justice of Berks co., Pa., is beautifully situated on the Schuylkill...Read MORE...


Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Miller
flag  Margaret Mary MILLER (1716, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - 1798, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA)

Shirey
flag  Jessie Climenson SHIREY (4 December 1883, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - , )
 

Ancestors Who Died Here


MILLER
flag  Margaret Mary MILLER (1716, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - 1798, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA)
 

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Cemeteries in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

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