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Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
Home of the Little League World Series
Chamber of Commerce.
at the base of Bald Eagle Mountains (1,600 foot elevation) and at the foothills of the Alleghenies. North of Williamsport, the Appalachian Plateau begins, at times more than 2000 feet high. There are five streams which come down from the Plateau in this area. The city is along the west branch of the Susquehanna River.
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"Founded in 1795, Williamsport began as a strategic landing point on the Susquehanna, sitting between the mouths of the Loyalsock and Lycoming Creeks. An excellent river harbor, the city was known as "William's Port," though doubts still exist over the exact William in question. Some say it was named for Judge William Hepburn. Others say Michael Ross named it for his son, William. Still others say that a boatman, William Ross, used it as a port long before the founding of the town. Williamsport was incorporated on 1 March 1806 as a borough and on 15 January 1866 as a city.
In the 1860s, Williamsport was the center of the U.S. lumber industry - close to dense timberlands but within quick river access to the Atlantic. The industry produced vast wealth for a concentrated few, and even today Williamsport high school teams are called "The Millionaires." By the end of the century, however, this pre-eminence disappeared as the local industry faced strikes and deforestation."
(from Name Origins of Northeast PA Towns by Mike O'Hara)
Williamsport was once known as the "Lumber Capital of the World."
Williamsport, Pennsylvania is where the Little League International Headquarters are located.
A contact page for Little League.
The Little League World Series is held here the third week of August each year.
18628 US Route 15
Allenwood, PA 17810
an AZA accredited zoo specializing in reptiles and amphibians