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An Early History of Reading, PA

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The following article to brought to you by the personal injury attorneys in Reading, PA. The experienced attorneys would like to share a detailed excerpt about the community and hope you enjoy learning about the town as much as they did.


The city of Reading is located in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Reading spans 10.8 square miles and hosts an approximate population of 88,232 residents. The city is located between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, making it a convenient location for city dwellers. You may have heard of Reading from the classic Monopoly board game in which one of the leading railroad properties is the Reading Railroad. The city is a unique area commonly referred to as "The Pretzel City" for its several pretzel bakeries. Reading may be a convenient location for delicious treats, but it is also a thriving community where residents enjoy neighborhood parks, museums, coffee shops, and restaurants.


The land of Reading was initially inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Indians, a Native American tribe. The tribe occupied the land for hundreds of years, utilizing the area's woodlands and access to the nearby Schuykill River. The Lenni Lenape Indians peacefully lived on the grounds until The Colony of Pennsylvania was founded in 1680 due to a land grant designated by King Charles II to William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. Many European settlers found the area in the years following, and the Lenni Lenape Indians were pushed out of their homes to develop the region. By 1743, the town of Reading was planned by Richard and Thomas Penn, who named the area after a town in Berkshire, England. A few years later, Reading became the county seat for Berks County and the first Amish community established in the United States.

The area continued to progress during the rise of the iron industry and eventually became a depot for military supply during the American Revolution. As time went on, the town continued to progress when Schuykill Canal was constructed in 1825, connecting the city with Philadelphia and the Deleware River. Just eight years later, the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad opened brought many travelers through the town during the Great Depression. By the 20th century, several pioneer automobile companies developed in the area. The city progressed through the 1930s but struggled once the use of railroads declined. However, the region saw an influx in population during the early 200s and continued to progress, eventually being labeled an 'up and coming neighborhood' by NBC's Today Show in 2007.

Today, Reading is a thriving community and is considered a desirable place to live in Pennsylvania.


To learn more about the history of Reading, visit the several fantastic museums within the town offering a variety of exhibits dating back to the town's origins. To experience interactive, educational, and fascinating exhibits, be sure to visit the Reading Public Museum and the Reading Area Firefighters Museum. Reading is also home to the Central Pennsylvania African-American Museum if you are more interested in American history. The museum presents artifacts about the history of the African American community.

To learn more about surrounding areas, visit: Learn All About Berks County, PA

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David Petrone
Date Published: July 6, 2021
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