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Harrisburg


Located in Dauphin County, Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, its population was 48,950.

During the American Civil War (1861 to 1865), Harrisburg was an imporant training and logistical center for the Union Army. This made it a target for the Confederate Army of North Virginia (led by General Robert E. Lee) in two invasions - the Maryland Campaign (1862) which was halted at the Battle of Antietam, and the Gettysburg Campaign (1863) which got as far as Sporting Hill, just 2 miles (3 kilometers) from Harrisburg.

In 1979, the worst civilian nuclear accident in US history occured at the nuclear powerplant at Three Mile Island in the suburb of Midtown. The accident which began on March 28th, and resulted in a partial core meltdown of one the reactors.

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  • The main professional sports franchise in Harrisburg is the baseball team, the Harrisburg Senators.

  • The principal airport serving Harrisburg is Harrisburg International Airport.

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg: Including Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York Counties in Central Pennsylvania

By Matt Willen

MENASHA RIDGE PRESS
Paperback (320 pages)

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg: Including Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York Counties in Central Pennsylvania
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It's Time to Take a Hike in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania!

Although known predominantly for its Pennsylvania Dutch culture, the Gettysburg battlefield, and the cities of Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York, south-central Pennsylvania is home to many tracts of public lands that offer a diverse array of hiking experiences. From the gentle farm country of Lancaster and York Counties, to the steep-sided ravines along the Susquehanna River, to the rugged ridges north of Harrisburg, and the rolling hills of South Mountain, you'll find hikes to suit about any taste and interest. 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg, by local outdoorsman Matt Willen, provides the first and most comprehensive hiking guide to the region.

Each hike description features key information on length, hiking time, difficulty, configuration, scenery, traffic, trail surface, and accessibility.

This guide features information on the history and natural history of the areas the hikes pass through, detailed trail maps and elevation profiles, clear directions to the trailheads and trailhead GPS data, and tips on nearby activities.

Pennsylvania Main Line Railroad Stations: Philadelphia to Harrisburg (Images of Rail)

By Jim Sundman

Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2016-07-25
Paperback (128 pages)

Pennsylvania Main Line Railroad Stations: Philadelphia to Harrisburg (Images of Rail)
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In 1857, the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) took over Pennsylvania's Main Line of Public Works, a state-owned railroad and canal system built in the 1830s. Costly to build and maintain, and never attracting the traffic needed to sustain it, the state was eager to let it go. Keeping the rail portion and combining it with its own lines, the PRR ultimately developed a well-built and well-run rail line from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh all while keeping the "main line" moniker. The eastern section between Philadelphia and Harrisburg was especially successful, particularly after the railroad built new communities along the line that were at first summer destinations and later year-round homes for daily commuters. Other towns and cities along the main line had a strong industrial or agricultural base needing rail access, and many of these communities had attractive train stations. Images of America: Pennsylvania Main Line Railroad Stations: Philadelphia to Harrisburg documents many of these passenger stations through vintage photographs and other images. Most are gone, but fortunately some still stand and are in use today.

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg: Including Lancaster, York, and Surrounding Counties

By Matt Willen

Menasha Ridge Press
Paperback (256 pages)

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg: Including Lancaster, York, and Surrounding Counties
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The southern portion of Pennsylvania is rich with history, but also boasts breathtaking natural beauty. From rolling hills in Lancaster and York Counties to steep ravines along the Susquehanna River, this region offers hikers a wide array of outdoor experiences. This guide is the first comprehensive hiking tour of the region, and its accessible format brings this diverse natural area closer to hikers than ever before.

Harrisburg and the Susquehanna River (Images of America)

By Erik V. Fasick

Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2015-03-02
Paperback (128 pages)

Harrisburg and the Susquehanna River (Images of America)
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In 1719, pioneer John Harris settled along the banks of the Susquehanna River and began a new era in the relationship between the inhabitants of what would later become the Greater Harrisburg area and a river that would provide them with economic opportunity, leisure, and sometimes misery. Spanning the Susquehanna in the 19th century were bridges that funneled raw materials and a growing workforce in the capital city, which thrived during the age of industry. However, the late 19th century brought a shift toward revitalization and beautification of the riverfront and islands with the construction of the Riverfront Steps, Dock Street Dam, beaches, parks, and gardens that were showcased through large public events such as the Kipona festival. This revitalization was again renewed in the late 20th century with the reimagining of City Island as an entertainment complex hosting concerts and sports franchises such as the minor-league baseball team the Harrisburg Senators.

Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) - Wink Travel Guide

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Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) - Wink Travel Guide
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Harrisburg is the capital of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a state in the United States of America.

Harrisburg is a very walkable city, especially the downtown, midtown and uptown sections which are laid out in a simple grid without much change in grade.

Harrisburg has been an important location for statewide transportation since selected as the capital of Pennsylvania in 1812.

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Harrisburg area (Pennsylvania) - Wink Travel Guide

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The Harrisburg area is in Pennsylvania Dutch Country and is generally considered to consist of the Harrisburg metropolitan statistical area which includes Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry county.

It is home to the state capitol building and complex in the city of Harrisburg and the popular theme park and tourist attractions in Hershey.

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Harrisburg (Postcard History)

By Jeffrey Adams

Brand: Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2009-02-16
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Harrisburg (Postcard History)
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Harrisburg lies on a broad swath of the great Susquehanna River, punctuated with its distinctive bridges. Founder John Harris ventured beyond the frontier and established a ferry in 1733 that ushered the pioneer migrants as they trickled west. Many stayed on to establish a city that became the legislative seat of America's most industrious state. The unusual vintage postcards in Harrisburg illustrate the history of a city that played an important role in the Civil War and politics of a growing nation. From canals to superhighways, Harrisburg was always one step ahead of others. Birthplace of the steel mill and transportation giant of the North, this city is a story of triumph, tragedy, and rebirth.

Harrisburg / Lebanon / Carlisle, Pennsylvania Street Map

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GM Johnson
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Harrisburg / Lebanon / Carlisle, Pennsylvania Street Map
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Pennsylvania Wildlife: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals (Wildlife and Nature Identification)

By James Kavanagh

Waterford Press
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Pennsylvania Wildlife: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals (Wildlife and Nature Identification)
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The state mammal, the White-tailed Deer, is one of thousands of species of animals inhabiting the diverse ecosystems found throughout Pennsylvania. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and butterflies/insects and includes an ecoregion map featuring prominent wildlife-viewing areas. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by visitors and residents alike. Made in the USA.

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Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution: Battalions and Line 1775 -1783. (2 vols)

By Linn & Egle (ed).

Harrisburg: Lane, Hart State Printer, 1880 & 1891.
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