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The History Of Aston, PA

This post is provided by the Aston, PA personal injury attorneys at Justice Guardians.

Aston: The Beginning

Like all of Pennsylvania, the area that is now called Aston was first inhabited by the Lenape. This Native American tribe is semi-nomadic. The tribe, which is divided into clans, would build a semi-permanent town in a part of the land and live there until tribal elders determined that the land had been exhausted. Then they would move to a new location.

In the 1600s, European settlers arrived. The Dutch made several settlements near the Aston area and eventually, the British took control of the area. In 1682, Aston was formed as a municipality called "Northley". In 1687, the area was renamed Aston and in 1688, formed into a township.

The majority of the land was originally used as farmland. However, residents soon realized that the number of close creeks and rivers was perfect for mills and so dozens of mills were built, bringing jobs and helping the population to grow rapidly.

The area has survived the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, and World War II.

Today, that former farmland is full of shopping centers, government buildings, schools, and homes.

Aston, PA Demographics

There are more than 16,000 residents in Aston PA. According to the latest U.S. Census, the racial composition of the area is  94.3% White, 2.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

The median household income for a family is $64,938.

People Of Note In Aston, PA

There are many accomplished people who have made their home in Aston, PA, including:

  1. Issac D. Barnard: Mr. Barnard was a U.S. Senator from 1820 to 1836.
  2. Ben Agosto: Mr. Agosto is an Olympic silver medalist in figure skating. He is also a U.S. champion and four-time World medalist.
  3. Ben Davis: Mr. Davis is a former professional baseball player, playing for Padres, Mariners, and White Sox.

Our Aston, PA personal injury law firm hopes you've enjoyed learning more about the history of Aston, PA. To learn more, read our post on the best chiropractors in the area.

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