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Columbia County History


Columbia County was created on March 22, 1813 from part of Northumberland County and named for Columbia, a poetic name that alludes to Christopher Columbus. Bloomsburg, the county seat since November 30, 1847, was incorporated as a town on March 4, 1870, and is the only incorporated town in the state. Its name comes from Bloom Township, which was named for Samuel Bloom, a commissioner of Northumberland County. Native American communities had long lived here along the Susquehanna River, and the first white settlement was south of the river. Berwick was laid out in 1783. As a North brach canal depot and then a railroad station, Catawissa grew and served a thriving farm region. Anthracite mining and a lumber boom arose but, like Columbia's farming, yielded to competition in the 1930's.  Abandoned deep coal mines have burned for decades beneath the town of Centralia. AC&F's railroad car complex and Bloomsburg's silk and carpet works prospered until the national trend toward deindustrialization began in recent decades. AC&F manufactured tanks during World War II. The county's farming has emphasized fruit and field crops; in 1992 Columbia ranked 37th among all 67 counties in value of farm crops. Farms cover 37 percent of the county's area. There were Underground Railroad stations at Berwick and Millville. Some of the accused Molly Maguires were tried in Bloomsburg in 1877.


Boroughs and Census Designated Places
Almedia Aristes Ashland (partial) Benton Berwick
Bloomsburg Briar Creek Buckhorn Catawissa Centralia
Espy Eyers Grove Fernville Foundryville Iola
Jamison City Jerseytown Jonestown Lightstreet Lime Ridge
Locustdale Mainville Mifflinville Millville Numidia
Orangeville Rohrsburg Rupert Slabtown Stillwater
Waller Wilburton Number One Wilburton Number Two    
Beaver Benton Briar Creek Catawissa Cleveland
Conyngham Fishing Creek Franklin Greenwood Hemlock
Jackson Locust Madison Main Mifflin
Montour Mount Pleasant North Centre Orange Pine
Roaring Creek Scott South Centre Sugarloaf
Other Places
Cole's Creek Guava Mordansville


Surrounding Counties:
Sullivan County (north)
Luzerne County (east)
Schuylkill County (south)
Northumberland County (southwest)
Montour County (west)
Lycoming County (northwest)




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