The first recorded U.S. flag-raising on foreign soil occurred in 1777, when the Stars and Stripes were flown during a naval battle off the coast of Quiberon Bay, France, commanded by Pennsylvania native John Paul Jones.
Montour County, located in central Pennsylvania, has a rich history dating back to the early 18th century. The region was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Susquehannock and Delaware nations. In the mid-1700s, European settlers began to establish farms and communities in the area after a treaty with the Native Americans opened up the region for settlement.

One significant event in Montour County's history was the construction of the North Branch Canal in the 1820s. This canal helped to facilitate trade and transportation between the Susquehanna River and the coal fields of Northern Pennsylvania. The canal played a vital role in the county's economic growth, and many towns such as Danville and Washingtonville developed around its transportation routes.

During the American Civil War, Montour County provided soldiers to fight for the Union cause. The county also experienced noticeable growth during this period, with industries such as iron manufacturing and glassmaking booming. The arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century further spurred economic development and allowed for easier transportation of goods and people.

In the early 20th century, Montour County continued to see industrial growth, particularly in the manufacturing and textile industries. Over the years, the county's economy diversified, with the establishment of hospitals, schools, and government institutions. Today, Montour County remains a vibrant community with a blend of historical landmarks, natural beauty, and a strong sense of community pride.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Montour County, Pennsylvania.

  • 1772: Montour County, PA was established
  • 1778: The first white settlers arrived in the county
  • 1790: Montour County experienced growth in population and agriculture
  • 1813: The county was divided into two townships: Morris and Derry
  • 1818: Danville, the county seat, was incorporated as a borough
  • 1849: The North Branch Canal opened, boosting the local economy
  • 1850: The population reached over 10,000 residents
  • 1854: The first train arrived in Danville, improving transportation
  • 1871: The first telegraph line was installed in Montour County
  • 1882: Montour County moved its county seat from Danville to Bloomsburg
  • 1983: Montour County regained its independence and moved the county seat back to Danville