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Harrisburg


Located in Dauphin County, Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, its population was 48,950.

During the American Civil War (1861 to 1865), Harrisburg was an imporant training and logistical center for the Union Army. This made it a target for the Confederate Army of North Virginia (led by General Robert E. Lee) in two invasions - the Maryland Campaign (1862) which was halted at the Battle of Antietam, and the Gettysburg Campaign (1863) which got as far as Sporting Hill, just 2 miles (3 kilometers) from Harrisburg.

In 1979, the worst civilian nuclear accident in US history occured at the nuclear powerplant at Three Mile Island in the suburb of Midtown. The accident which began on March 28th, and resulted in a partial core meltdown of one the reactors.

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  • The principal airport for Harrisburg is Harrisburg International Airport.

  • The main professional sports franchise in Harrisburg is the Eastern League baseball team, the Harrisburg Senators.

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg: Including Dauphin, Lancaster, and York Counties in Central Pennsylvania

By Matt Willen

MENASHA RIDGE PRESS
Black Paperback (320 pages)

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg: Including Dauphin, Lancaster, and York Counties in Central Pennsylvania
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  • 60 Hikes W/in 60 Mi Harrisburg
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Although known predominantly for its Pennsylvania Dutch culture, the Gettysburg battlefield, and the cities of Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York, south-central Pennsylvania is home to many tracts of public lands that offer a diverse array of hiking experiences. From the gentle farm country of Lancaster and York Counties, to the steep-sided ravines along the Susquehanna River, to the rugged ridges north of Harrisburg, and the rolling hills of South Mountain, you'll find hikes to suit about any taste and interest. 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg, by local outdoorsman Matt Willen, provides the first and most comprehensive hiking guide to the region.

Each hike description features key information on length, hiking time, difficulty, configuration, scenery, traffic, trail surface, and accessibility.

This guide features information on the history and natural history of the areas the hikes pass through, detailed trail maps and elevation profiles, clear directions to the trailheads and trailhead GPS data, and tips on nearby activities.

Pennsylvania Main Line Railroad Stations: Philadelphia to Harrisburg (Images of Rail)

By Jim Sundman

Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2016-07-25
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Pennsylvania Main Line Railroad Stations: Philadelphia to Harrisburg (Images of Rail)
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In 1857, the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) took over Pennsylvania's Main Line of Public Works, a state-owned railroad and canal system built in the 1830s. Costly to build and maintain, and never attracting the traffic needed to sustain it, the state was eager to let it go. Keeping the rail portion and combining it with its own lines, the PRR ultimately developed a well-built and well-run rail line from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh all while keeping the "main line" moniker. The eastern section between Philadelphia and Harrisburg was especially successful, particularly after the railroad built new communities along the line that were at first summer destinations and later year-round homes for daily commuters. Other towns and cities along the main line had a strong industrial or agricultural base needing rail access, and many of these communities had attractive train stations. Images of America: Pennsylvania Main Line Railroad Stations: Philadelphia to Harrisburg documents many of these passenger stations through vintage photographs and other images. Most are gone, but fortunately some still stand and are in use today.

A Walking Tour of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Look Up, America!)

By Doug Gelbert

Cruden Bay Books
Released: 2009-09-09
Kindle Edition (74 pages)

A Walking Tour of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Look Up, America!)
 
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There is no better way to see America than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a walking tour. Whether you are preparing for a road trip or just out to look at your own town in a new way.

Each walking tour describes historical and architectural landmarks and provides pictures to help out when those pesky street addresses are missing. Every tour also includes a quick primer on identifying architectural styles seen on American streets.

Harrisburg has been an important transportation center since the days of riverboat traffic. In colonial days, John Harris operated a ferry at Harrisburg. Its western boundary is formed by the Susquehanna River. This location played an important part in its selection as the capital of Pennsylvania in 1812. Because of its location, Harrisburg played a large part in the early development of the Pennsylvania canal system and the subsequent development of the railroads, highways and airlines. Today, Harrisburg is one of the most important commercial centers and distribution points in the East.

At the turn of the 20th Century, spurred by the design of New York’s Central Park by the Frederick Olmstead, a nationwide conservancy effort began. In Harrisburg that movement was spearheaded by City natives J. Horace McFarland and Mira Lloyd Dock, who established Harrisburg’s League of Municipal Improvements. In 1901, their visionary efforts, collectively known and “The City Beautiful Movement,”established Harrisburg’s first official park system and saw to its expansion over the next decade to include Riverfront Park, Reservoir Park, City Island and what is today known as the Capital Area Greenbelt.

Since that time Harrisburg has gone through many transformations. By the early 1980s, Harrisburg’s once grand park system had become symbolic of the blighted city around it. Harrisburg was near bankruptcy and been declared the second most distressed city in the nation. The City’s parks were in a terrible state of repair and were widely misused for criminal activity. The 1982 election of reformist Mayor Stephen R. Reed changed everything for the City, especially the suffering parks system. The Mayor’s Parks Improvement Program was born and saw the investment of more than $29 million since 1984, a proverbial phoenix of greenery rising from the ashes of decades of neglect. New developers and preservationists have adhered to the program in the years since.

Our walking tour will start at the symbol of the Commonwealth, the State Capitol, a building President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed as “the most beautiful building he had ever seen” when he attended its dedication in 1906...

Pennsylvania's Capitol (Pa's Cultural & Natural Heritage Series)

By Ruth Hoover Seitz

RB Books
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Pennsylvania s Capitol (Pa s Cultural & Natural Heritage Series)
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Many visitors of all US state capitol buildings remember Pennsylvania's as the most ornate. Here you can see the art and architecture of this neo-classical statehouse called by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 "the handsomest building I ever saw." Learn about the stained glass, historic murals, sculpture and clay tiles in this American Beaux Art structure.

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg: Including Lancaster, York, and Surrounding Counties

By Matt Willen

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The southern portion of Pennsylvania is rich with history, but also boasts breathtaking natural beauty. From rolling hills in Lancaster and York Counties to steep ravines along the Susquehanna River, this region offers hikers a wide array of outdoor experiences. This guide is the first comprehensive hiking tour of the region, and its accessible format brings this diverse natural area closer to hikers than ever before.

Harrisburg (PA) (Images of America)

By Linda A. Ries

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Released: 2000-10-09
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Harrisburg (PA) (Images of America)
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A frontier town, crossroads of commerce, state capital, business center, and “City Beautiful,” Harrisburg has been and remains all these and more. Its heritage of steel, iron, railroads, canals, business, and government, along with the diverse peoples who helped create it, is collected in this volume, which explores the vast history of this unique Pennsylvania city through the medium of historical photographs. Many images presented in Harrisburg have never before been published and have been carefully selected from the vast collections of
the Historical Society of Dauphin County and the Pennsylvania State Archives. From the ever-changing Capitol Complex to the Lochiel Train Wreck, the Civil War, Hurricane Agnes, and Three Mile Island, the images demonstrate the response to these events by Harrisburg’s resilient citizens. Changes through technology, transportation, recreation, and lifestyles have also altered the city over the years. Some buildings and sites no longer exist; some are still standing. Most of the images were made by Harrisburg’s late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century photographers and are presented here for the education and enjoyment of longtime residents, visitors, and the just plain curious.

City Maps Harrisburg Pennsylvania, USA

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City Maps Harrisburg Pennsylvania, USA
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City Maps Harrisburg Pennsylvania, USA is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Harrisburg adventure :)

Harrisburg / Lebanon / Carlisle, Pennsylvania Street Map

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Harrisburg and the Susquehanna River (Images of America)

By Erik V. Fasick

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Released: 2015-03-02
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Harrisburg and the Susquehanna River (Images of America)
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In 1719, pioneer John Harris settled along the banks of the Susquehanna River and began a new era in the relationship between the inhabitants of what would later become the Greater Harrisburg area and a river that would provide them with economic opportunity, leisure, and sometimes misery. Spanning the Susquehanna in the 19th century were bridges that funneled raw materials and a growing workforce in the capital city, which thrived during the age of industry. However, the late 19th century brought a shift toward revitalization and beautification of the riverfront and islands with the construction of the Riverfront Steps, Dock Street Dam, beaches, parks, and gardens that were showcased through large public events such as the Kipona festival. This revitalization was again renewed in the late 20th century with the reimagining of City Island as an entertainment complex hosting concerts and sports franchises such as the minor-league baseball team the Harrisburg Senators.

Steelton (Images of America: Pennsylvania)

By Michael Barton

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Released: 2008-06-09
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Steelton (Images of America: Pennsylvania)
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For much of the 20th century, the name Steelton represented a great industrial complex that stretched nearly four miles along the Susquehanna River near the state’s capital of Harrisburg. Immigrants from all over Europe, particularly Slavs and Italians, worked with African Americans from the South at the Bethlehem Steel Company and gave Steelton its reputation for ethnic diversity, second only to its fame for industrial productivity. Catholics, Protestants, and Jews filled the town’s various houses of worship, but the taverns on Front Street, across from the mill, were crowded too. The town’s powerful athletes were often state champions, beating schools many times larger. The townsmen were all proud as well of their loyal service in U.S. forces in the two world wars. The vintage images in Steelton chronicle the history of this exceptional and diverse community.


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