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Schuylkill County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania where the Schuylkill River starts. It is located in the heart of the anthracite Coal Region of Pennsylvania. Schuylkill County was created on March 1, 1811 from parts of Berks and Northampton Counties and named for the Schuylkill River. Pottsville, Pennsylvania is the county seat.

The Reading and Pennsylvania railroad:
In the early 1800s southern Schuylkill County was served by the Union Canal out of Pine Grove with connections west, and the Schuylkill canal southward from Port Carbon. To the north, Broad Mountain was a natural barrier to navigation. Other means would be required to transport coal out of the rich basin of the Mahanoy Valley. Numerous railroads were begun north of the headwaters of the Schuylkill Canal.

Through the 1830s and 40s, short railroads sprouted up at numerous areas in the county. Of prime importance was the Mine Hill and Schuylkill Haven, which served the Schuylkill Canal. Chartered in 1831, tracks were laid from the "flats" in Schuylkill Haven along the river through Cressona and Minersville to Tremont. The railroad eventually reached Ashland and Locust Gap via the Gordon Planes.

Chartered in 1836, the Little Schuylkill Railroad, Navigation and Coal Company ran from Port Clinton northward to Mahanoy Junction above Tamaqua. It would become the keystone of the Pennsylvania and Reading system, serving as a gauntlet for its eastern and western branches. Connecting with it were four important lines. The 146 mile (235 km) Catawissa Railroad operated from Mahanoy Junction to West Milton, providing access to the Mahanoy region by joining the northern terminus of the Little Schuylkill with connections to New York and Scranton. At Port Clinton, it connected with the P&R's main line from Mount Carbon. Its most important connection would be with the Mahanoy and Broad Mountain Railway via Mahanoy Tunnel and East Mahanoy Railroad.  There was once over 1,000 miles (1600 km) of railroad track in Schuylkill County. .--- Wikipedia.com

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Schuylkill County Data Online
Recent Updates

March 2014: Obits: Mrs. Elizabeth Shindel, John C. Boyd - Transcribed by Tammy Clark; Marriages: Stoeker-Yetter, Eisenhan-Stahr - Transcribed by Tammy Clark
August 2013
: Obit: JOSIAH NEWELL WILLARD - transcribed by Kim Mohler
December 2012: 1883 Pensioners - Transcribed by Debbie Ovechka
October 2012
: Biographies: JOHN ADAM WHETSTONE, JAMES M. WHETSTONE - Transcribed by Kim Mohler, James NAGLE - Transcribed by Richard Ramos
July 2012
: Obituary: John P. Cumming, News: Sansom, Ridgeway and White Import Miners, Crime News: Zimmerman Killed While in Jail
June 2012: Death notice: Thomas Scott, Mrs. Heffner, Simon Gregory - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel
January 2012: Marriage Notice:  Alspach-Steigerwald -  Transcribed by V.L. Hartman

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Boroughs and Census Designated Places

Altamont Ashland Auburn Beurys Lake Branchdale
Brandonville Buck Run Coaldale Cressona Deer Lake
Delano Donaldson Duncott Englewood Forrestville
Fountain Springs Gilberton Frackville Friedensburg Girardville
Gordon Grier City-Park Crest Heckscherville Hometown Klingerstown
Lake Wynonah Landingville Lavelle-Locustdale Mahanoy City Marlin
McAdoo McKeansburg Mechanicsville Middleport Minersville
Mount Carbon New Boston-Morea New Philadelphia New Ringgold Newtown
Nuremberg Oneida Orwigsburg Palo Alto Pine Grove
Port Carbon Port Clinton Pottsville ** Ravine Reinerton-Orwin-Muir
Renningers Ringtown Schuylkill Haven Seltzer Shenandoah
Shenandoah Heights Sheppton St. Clair Summit Station Tamaqua
Tower City Tremont Tuscarora Valley View Weishample

Townships

Barry Township Blythe Township Branch Township Butler Township
Cass Township Delano Township East Brunswick Township East Norwegian Township
East Union Township Eldred Township Foster Township Frailey Township
Hegins Township Hubley Township Kline Township Mahanoy Township
New Castle Township North Manheim Township North Union Township Norwegian Township
Pine Grove Township Porter Township Reilly Township Rush Township
Ryan Township Schuylkill Township South Manheim Township Tremont Township
Union Township Upper Mahantongo Township Walker Township Washington Township
Wayne Township West Brunswick Township West Mahanoy Township West Penn Township

Surrounding Counties

Luzerne County (north)

Berks County (south)

Northumberland County (northwest)

Carbon County (northeast)

Lebanon County (southwest)

Columbia County (northwest)

Lehigh County (southeast)

Dauphin County (southwest)

 

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