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History of Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

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Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

In 1733, the site of present day Reading was chosen. It was set at the intersection of two great valleys, the east Penn-Lebanon Valley and the Schuylkill river. This site was known as Finney's Ford until 1743 when Thomas Lawrence, a Penn Land agent, made the first attempt at the layout for Reading.

In 1748, the town was laid out by Thomas and Richard Penn, the sons of William Penn. The name was chosen after Penn's own county seat, Reading, in Berkshire, England. In 1752, Reading became the county seat of Berks.

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  • News 1843 - Railroad Collision
    Another of those terrific accidents occurred yesterday on the Philadelphia and Pottsville Railroad, which can always be avoided by a simple attention ...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Reading
    Reading, a handsome city of Pennsylvania, and capital of Berks county, on the left, or east bank of Schuylkill river, and on the Philadelphia,...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 FINALLY RESCUE THE UNFORTUNATE MEN, WOMAN AND...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

  • 1895 - Reading
    Reading, an enterprising manufacturing city of Pennsylvania, the seat of justice of Berks co., is beautifully situated on the Schuylkill River, at...Read MORE...


  • Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
    Penn Street Looking East From 4th, Reading, Pa.
    Postcard
  • Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
    Shoot - The Chutes, Pendora Park, Reading, Pa.
    Postcard
  • News 1904 - Button Saved His Life
    Special to The Inquirer

    READING, Pa., Aug. 17 - A button saved the life of Allen R. Dunkelberger when he and several friends were engaged in...Read MORE...


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


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


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Penn Street Looking East From 4th, Reading, Pa.
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Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
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Shoot - The Chutes, Pendora Park, Reading, Pa.
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Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
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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, which can always be avoided by a simple attention ... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Reading
    Reading, a handsome city of Pennsylvania, and capital of Berks county, on the left, or east bank of Schuylkill river, and on the Philadelphia,... 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 FINALLY RESCUE THE UNFORTUNATE MEN, WOMAN AND... 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
  • 1895 - Reading
    Reading, an enterprising manufacturing city of Pennsylvania, the seat of justice of Berks co., is beautifully situated on the Schuylkill River, at... Read MORE...

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

    READING, Pa., Aug. 17 - A button saved the life of Allen R. Dunkelberger when he and several friends were engaged in... Read MORE...

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

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