The following article is sponsored by the car accident injury law firm from King of Prussia. Our legal team hopes to encourage you to learn more about the history of the census-designated place (CDP).
King of Prussia is a CDP in the Upper Merion Township of Montgomery County and an edge city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1719, a cottage was built by Welsh Quakers William and Janet Rees, the founders of Reesville, as the first establishment in the area. In 1769, it was converted into an inn. James Berry was hired by the Rees family to manage the inn in 1774. This soon led travelers and locals to call it "Berry's Tavern."
Berry's Tavern was a resting place for people heading west to Ohio. On Thanksgiving Day of 1777, George Washington visited the tavern. In 1786, it was identified as "King of Prussia" on a local petition. It is said that the tavern was renamed as such to honor "An Edict by the King of Prussia," a pro-American satirical essay written by Benjamin Franklin. However, a wooden sign in front of the inn stated that it was named after King Frederick the Great of Prussia.
Up until the 1960s, the King of Prussia community remained fairly the same with little development. But, with housing developments being built in the area, as well as the King of Prussia Mall and a large business park, the community became a well-established edge city of Philadelphia.
In the late 1900s and early 20oos, developer Dennis Maloomian began to construct more establishments in the area and the suburban development flourished even more. He had purchased a golf course near the King of Prussia mall, where he planned to establish a mix-residential and retail development. It would consist of townhouses, apartments, a town center, a suburban downtown and professional offices. The development was known as the Village at Valley Forge.
The King of Prussia CDP continued to grow near the junction of U.S. Route 202, U.S. Route 422, Interstate 76, and Interstate 276. The King of Prussia Inn was relocated to Bill Smith Boulevard due to the expansion of U.S. 202, in 2002. It now serves as the Chamber of Commerce for the King of Prussia District of Montgomery County. In 2016, the two portions of the King of Prussia mall, The Plaza and The Court, were merged as one to create one large indoor shopping mall. Today, it is the third-largest mall in the U.S. in terms of gross leasable area. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the edge city has a population of 19,936.
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The King of Prussia Town Center was the town center created by developer Dennis Maloomian during his development of the Village at Valley Forge. Bounded by the triangle created by the convergence of the four main roadways in the area, the town center is an open-air mall with many shops, restaurants and landscaped seating areas. Some of the shops visitors can browse in are:
Restaurants offered in the center are Founding Farmers King of Prussia, Starbucks, Choolaah, District Taco, City Works - King of Prussia, Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar, Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, Kooma - King of Prussia, Kilwins Chocolate, Fudge & Ice Cream, Fodo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, honeygrow, MISSION BBQ, Vitality Bowls- King of Prussia, The Habit Burger Grill, and many more.
The Valley Forge Casino Resort was opened to the public on March 31, 2012, at the site of the former Valley Forge Convention Center. The casino complex was originally a mixed-use development constructed by developer J.Leon Altemose in the 1960s and 70s. Called the Valley Forge Plaza, it was converted into a casino resort in 2012 with the help of architect TN Ward. The casino has a total gaming space of 40,000-square-feet and consists of 850 slot machines and 50 table games, which includes Super 4 Blackjack, Blackjack, Three-Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow, Roulette, MiniBaccarat, Craps, Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em, Spanish 21, and more. It also offers sports betting at the FanDuel Sportsbook. If you're tired of gaming, there are two hotels for visitors to rest in and an assortment of dining options for you to choose from. The casino resort is owned and managed by Boyd Gaming.
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