KEY TO THE CITY - USA City Directory Top USA City Resource Guide

US Facts
It Happened Here
Noted Notables

Dauphin County


Facts & Information

The Cities and communities of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania*

Berrysburg, Bressler

Colonial Park

Dauphin, Dayton, Deodate

East Hanover, Elizabethville, Enders, Enhaut, Erdman, Estherton

Fisherville, Fort Hunter

Glenwood, Grantville, Gratz

Halifax, Hanoverdale, Harrisburg (County Seat and State Capital), Hershey, Highspire, Hoernerstown, Hummelstown


Lawnton, Linglestown, Londonderry, Lower Paxton, Lower Swatara, Loyalton, Lykens

Middle Paxton, Middletown, Millersburg

Oakleigh, Oberlin

Paxtang, Paxton, Paxtonia, Penbrook, Pillow, Pleasant Hills, Powells Valley, Progress

Reed, Ridge View, Rockville, Royalton

Sand Beach, Shellsville, South Hanover, Steelton, Susquehanna, Swatara

Union Deposit, Upper Paxton

West Hanover, Wiconisco, Williamstown, Windsor Farms

*This list of cities may not be complete

If you have information about any of these unlinked communities, please send it to us and we will add a page for that community.

Return to top

Information & Facts about Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

home to Pennsylvania's capital city - Harrisburg


1990 - 238,434
1991 - 240,061
1992 - 241,542
1993 - 243,508
1994 - 245,038
1995 - 245,472
1996 - 245,879
1997 - 245,713
1998 - 245,579


Dauphin County is located in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Here is a map page for Dauphin County

100 miles west of Philadelphia and 200 miles east of Pittsburgh.


Here is a history page for Dauphin County

Some excerpts from the above history page:
"John Harris, a native of Yorkshire, England, arrived in Philadelphia as one of the first emigrants to accompany William Penn. In approximately 1719, Harris moved with his wife Esther from Chester County to Lancaster County. They then eventually built a log cabin on the banks of the Susquehanna, near the present juncture of Paxton and Front streets.

In about 1727, John Harris, Jr. was born. Harris, Jr. became the founder of Harrisburg and the leader in the movement to establish Dauphin County. Other settlers soon followed in the footsteps of John Harris, Sr., and on December 17, 1733, the proprietaries of Pennsylvania granted to him by patent, 300 acres of land, within which was included the present site of the Dauphin County Court House. He developed a large trade with the Indians in fur and skins and established numerous trading posts. He also began farming on a small scale and introduced the first plow to the vicinity. Harris, Sr. established the first ferry across the Susquehanna, which in time became so popular that that place was no longer called by its Indian name of Peixtan, but Harris' Ferry.

In the beginning of Provincial government in Pennsylvania, what is now Dauphin County was part of Chester. An act of Assembly of 1729 included a major portion of it in the new county of Lancaster. John Harris, Jr. argued against the inconvenience of having to travel to Lancaster for the conduct of legal business and court sessions, so he presented an appeal to the General Assembly in 1782 to carve out a separate county around Harris' Ferry.

Although a stormy debate ensued over whether the county seat should be in Middletown or Harris Ferry, Harris ultimately won out, and by an act of the General Assembly of March 4, 1785, Dauphin County was established, providing that its seat of government and justice should be "near Harris's Ferry."

The county was named "Dauphin," in honor of the eldest son of the King of France, who had come to the aid of the American colonies during the American Revolution."


For a copy of a birth certificate:

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Division of Vital Records
101 South Mercer Street
PO Box 1528
New Castle, Pennsylvania 16103-1528
PHONE: (728) 656-3100


Official Dauphin County page

County Courthouse
P.O. Box 1295
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1295
(717) 255-2741
FAX: (717) 255-2741

Dauphin County Board of Commissioners
PO Box 1295
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1295
Phone: (717) 255-2741

The Board of Commissioners is the legislative and administrative body of county government. Each commissioner is elected to a four-year term. The Commissioners oversee the county's employees, the budget, and the administration of county programs.

Dauphin County Library System

For a marriage license:

Dauphin County Courthouse
Room 103
Front & Market Streets
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: (717) 255-2659
How go obtain one?

Dauphin County Parks and Recreation
100 Fort Hunter Road
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110
Phone: (717) 599-5188


School Districts in the county


PA Capital Regions Vacation Bureau
Cumberland Valley
Visitors Center
1255A Harrisburg Pike
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 717-249-4801
Fax: 717-249-3141


Things to see and do in the county

The National Civil War Museum
1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17103
Phone: (717) 260-1861

Lake Tobias Wildlife Park
760 Tobias Road
Halifax, PA 17032
Phone: (717)362-9126

Visit Harrisburg, Hershey and Carlisle

Return to top

Search Key to the City
Custom Search
or Search anywhere on the Web
Custom Search

Return to the Pennsylvania Counties page

Return to the Pennsylvania Page

Return to the Key to the City home page

Thanks for visiting Key to the City. We hope you will visit again soon. We'll leave the light on for you!!

This page was last updated on 6 May 2009 at 11:42 pm

This page was created 8 October 2001

This page, and all contents, are Copyright (C) 2009-11 by Key to the City, Norco, California, USA.