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An Early History of Pottstown, PA

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The following article is sponsored by the personal injury attorneys in Pottstown, PA, who want visitors to learn more about the neighborhood.

About Pottstown

The borough of Pottstown is in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The neighborhood spans 4.94 square miles and hosts an approximate population of 22,600 with a population density of 4,657.87 per square mile. Pottstown is a charming suburban neighborhood home to many families. Residents enjoy the convenient location with easy access to the U.S. Route 422 freeway and Pennsylvania Route 100. The borough is also the beginning point of Pennsylvania Route 663 and is a quick drive away from the Pottstown Municipal Airport.

The local community is served by the Pottstown School District, the Pottsgrove School District, and the Owens J. Roberts School District. All three districts are considered highly rated and offer students a high-quality public education. The neighborhood is also the site of several private schools, including The Hill School, West-Mont Christian Academy, and Saint Aloysius School. Students, along with all residents in Pottstown, have access to the Pottstown Regional Public Library within the heart of the borough. The borough is considered a desirable place to live in Pennsylvania, offering residents and visitors a delightful experience.

History of Pottstown

The borough of Pottstown dates back to the early 1700s when William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, granted the land to his son John Penn in 1701. Before William Penn found the area, among other German, Swedish, and English settlers,  the land was occupied by Native American tribes for hundreds of years. Once the land was deeded to John Penn, the neighborhood quickly shifted with the introduction to the first iron forge in 1714. Soon after, the land became heavily dependent on the iron industry, and by 1732, the steel furnace was in production in Pottstown.

Over the following twenty years, the land was a booming industrial area, and John Potts, belonging to the successful Potts family, purchased a large section of the land. Potts founded the town, then referred to as Pottsgrove, in 1761. The town was continuously known as Pottsgrove until the population vastly increased in the early 1800s, and the name changed to Pottstown. By 1815, Pottstown was incorporated as a borough, making it the second borough in the county. The town continued to develop in the following years with the construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1838. The neighborhood's population increased once again, and the town became known for its significant steel contributions.

Throughout the 1900s, the borough adopted a city manager form of government and at one point had 20 council members.

Today, Pottstown is a thriving community home to many families and young professionals who enjoy Pottstown's suburban local charm. The borough is a great place to visit, offering access to several local attractions, including the Pottstown Riverfront Park, Memorial Park, and Pottsgrove Manor.

To learn more about Pottstown's neighboring town, visit: The Community of Sanatoga, PA

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Date Published: July 6, 2021
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