10 Facts You May Not Have Known About Schuylkill County



10 Facts You May Not Have Known About Schuylkill County


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1)  Mohammed Ali's Training Camp was located in Deer Lake




Mohammed Ali's training camp was located in Deer Lake.

Ali chose Deer Lake for it's peace and quiet from the media and fan attention.

Great story on the camp
http://www.guernseys.com/specialsales/deerlake/

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2) TriVans were Manufactured in Frackville



In the 1960's, Roustabout Tri-Vans, a 3-wheeled truck was manufactured in Frackville, PA.

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3)  Yuengling's First Brewery Burned Down


Yuengling Brewery that we know of today was not Yuengling's original brewery.  The original, known as the "Eagle Brewery", was located on Centre Street in Pottsville and burned down in 1831.  The brewery then relocated to it's current location on Mohantongo Street.


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4) Shenandoah's Population in 1920



Shenandoah's population in 1920 was actually 6 times what the current population is today.  According to Census.gov, Shenandoah's Population in 2013 was 4,981.

In 1920, the population was estimated to be nearly 30,000.

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5)  Tamaqua's Name Origin



Tamaqua's Name Origin comes from the Indian Word "Tankamochkhanna" meaning "Little Beaver Stream".

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6)  Former Governor Tom Corbett Taught at Pine Grove Area


Former Governor Tom Corbett taught 9th Grade History and Civics from 1972-73 at Pine Grove Area.

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7)  Pottsville Was Not Always Within Schuylkill County




Pottsville was originally part of  Chester County, later changed to Lancaster County, then changed again to Berks County, then finally to Schuylkill.  The changes were due to county lines changing.

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8)  Orwigsburg was the original County Seat


The original county seat was Orwigsburg but was later moved to Pottsville.

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9)  Frackville Is a Combination of 2 Villages


Frackville used to be two villages that were later merged into one in 1876.  One village was named "Frackville", the other was "Mountain City". 

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10)  Mahanoy City was the first borough in the U.S. to Have Cable Television




Mahanoy City was the first borough in the entire United States to have Cable Television.
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