Boomtown on the Susquehanna

Williamsport:
Boomtown on the Susquehanna 

This book views the history of Williamsport, as well as many towns and boroughs of Lycoming County. The book ranges through the fertile valley that grew from a struggling frontier village into a town with a taste for success, eventually molding itself into a magnetic and vibrant city. Thousands were employed as lumberjacks, and others worked in sawmills, planing mills, or furniture factories that processed the lumber. Until 1894, lumber was the county’s main industry. Inevitably, the mountainsides were denuded and floods toppled the remaining lumbering companies. “Williamsport: Boomtown on the Susquehanna” is a 160-page paperback filled with more than 100 historic and nostalgic photographs of people and places in the region.  

by Robin Van Auken and Louis E. Hunsinger Jr.

 

Williamsport: Grit Photograph Collection

Williamsport:
Grit Photograph Collection

This book is a look through 100 years of Grit newspaper history. A Sunday morning staple as America’s favorite family newspaper, Grit was made possible by a Dietrick Lamade, a German immigrant and self-made man who settled in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The first year of Grit was one of adversity and uncertainty, but Lamade came up with innovative ideas, such as direct mail and newsboys throughout the nation that transformed it into a national institution. Now a bi-monthly, full-color glossy magazine that targets Rural American audiences, Grit remains a national treasure.  

by Robin Van Auken and Louis E. Hunsinger Jr.

 

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Lycoming County’s
Industrial Heritage

This book reviews Northcentral Pennsylvania’s rich industrial history, first in lumber and then in manufacturing. After the Lumber Boom, many company towns collapsed. Boards of trade were created to entice manufacturers to the region. During the first half of the twentieth century, Lycoming once again prospered with hundreds of new entrepreneurs and companies. It documents the people who worked in the factories, mills, and for the manufacturers that no longer exist, victims of recession, urban sprawl, and offshore industries. Each image honors the role of labor and serves as a reminder of the individuals who helped build industrial America.

by Robin Van Auken and Louis E. Hunsinger Jr.