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Snyder County, Pennsylvania, has a rich history that begins with its settlement by European explorers and pioneers in the 18th century. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Susquehannock and the Lenape. In 1755, the infamous Penn's Creek Massacre occurred, resulting in the killing of 14 settlers by Native Americans during the French and Indian War. This event made it difficult for Europeans to settle in the area until a few decades later.

Snyder County was officially formed in 1855, named after the Snyder family who were prominent landowners in the region. The county's economy mainly relied on agriculture, with farms producing crops such as wheat, corn, and oats. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, several notable industries emerged, such as iron making, lumbering, and manufacturing. The introduction of the railroad in the late 1800s further contributed to the county's economic growth.

In the mid-20th century, Snyder County experienced a shift towards a more diversified economic base. Industries such as textiles, poultry farming, and food processing played a significant role in the county's economy. The construction of the Selinsgrove Dam on the Susquehanna River brought new recreational opportunities and helped to create Lake Augusta, a popular site for boating and fishing.

In recent years, Snyder County has seen a growth in tourism, thanks to its beautiful natural landscapes, historical sites, and recreational activities. The county is home to Susquehanna University, which attracts students and visitors from all over. Today, Snyder County retains its proud agricultural heritage while also embracing diverse industries and a growing tourism sector.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Snyder County, Pennsylvania.

  • 1755 - Snyder County, PA is founded
  • 1772 - First settlers arrive in the area
  • 1800 - Union County is split and Snyder County becomes a separate county
  • 1836 - Snyder County Courthouse is built in Middleburg
  • 1842 - Penns Creek Massacre occurs during the Native American conflicts
  • 1855 - Susquehanna University is established in Selinsgrove
  • 1858 - Snyder County Agricultural Society is formed
  • 1880 - Construction of the Sunbury and Lewistown Railroad begins
  • 1920 - Beaver Springs is incorporated as a borough
  • 1945 - Selinsgrove Speedway opens as a dirt track
  • 1977 - Snyder County Historical Society is founded