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Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA

From 1727 to 1756, Sunbury was one of the largest and most influential Indian settlements in Pennsylvania. At that time, it was known as Shamokin, not to be confused with the present-day city of Shamokin, Pennsylvania, which is located to the east. In 1745, Presbyterian missionary David Brainerd described the city as being located on both the east and west sides of the river, and on an island, as well. Brainerd reported that the city housed 300 Indians, half of which were Delawares and the other Seneca and Tutelo.

In 1754, much of the land west of the Susquehanna was transferred from the Six Nations to Pennsylvania at the Albany Congress. However, Shamokin was not sold and was reserved by the Six Nations, "to settle such of our Nations as shall come to us from the Ohio or any others who shall deserve to be in our Alliance."

On March 21, 1772, Northumberland County was incorporated and subdivided. The settlement of Shamokin was renamed Sunbury that same year, and the present-day city of Sunbury identifies 1772 as the date of its establishment. It was named after Sunbury-on-Thames, a town in the Surrey borough of Spelthorne, England, just outside Greater London.

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  • 1854 - Sunbury
    Sunbury, a flourishing and beautifully situated town, capital of Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, on the left (E.) bank of the Susquehanna river, ...Read MORE...


  • News 1861 - Important to Foot Soldiers
    Important to Foot Soldiers - First, Blistering, burning, soreness and tenderness of the soles of the feet may almost invariably be prevented, even...Read MORE...


  • News 1889 - The Wreck at Sunbury
    SUNBURY, Pa., January 9 - At 5:30 o'clock this evening, a rain and windstorm came up suddenly and blew over several of the stacks of the Sunbury saw...Read MORE...


  • Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA
    Phila. & Reading Ry. Station, Sunbury, Pa.
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  • 1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
    ...Trains Blocked.
    Sunbury, Pa., Feb. 9. - All Pennsylvania and Philadelphia and Reading railroad trains and blocked. Freight trains have been...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Sunbury
    Sunbury, a post-borough, capital of Northumberland co., Pa., in Upper Augusta township, on the E. bank." the Susquehanna River, 1 mile below the...Read MORE...


  • Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA
    High School
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  • 1906
    Sunbury, a post-borough, capital of Northumberland co., Pa., on the E. bank of the Susquehanna River, 1 mile below its junction with the West Branch, ...Read MORE...


  • News 1921 - March 6 - Police in Sunbury, Penn, issue an edict requiring Women to wear skirts at least 4 inches below the knee

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    March 6, 1921

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    Hotel Edison, Sunbury, Pa.
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  • 1854 - Sunbury
    Sunbury, a flourishing and beautifully situated town, capital of Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, on the left (E.) bank of the Susquehanna river, ... Read MORE...

  • News  1861 - Important to Foot Soldiers
    Important to Foot Soldiers - First, Blistering, burning, soreness and tenderness of the soles of the feet may almost invariably be prevented, even... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - The Wreck at Sunbury
    SUNBURY, Pa., January 9 - At 5:30 o'clock this evening, a rain and windstorm came up suddenly and blew over several of the stacks of the Sunbury saw... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Sunbury
    Sunbury, a post-borough, capital of Northumberland co., Pa., in Upper Augusta township, on the E. bank." the Susquehanna River, 1 mile below the... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
    ...Trains Blocked.
    Sunbury, Pa., Feb. 9. - All Pennsylvania and Philadelphia and Reading railroad trains and blocked. Freight trains have been... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Sunbury, a post-borough, capital of Northumberland co., Pa., on the E. bank of the Susquehanna River, 1 mile below its junction with the West Branch, ... Read MORE...

  • News  1921 - March 6 - Police in Sunbury, Penn, issue an edict requiring Women to wear skirts at least 4 inches below the knee

    historyorb.com
    March 6, 1921

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