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Pottstown, Pennsylvania is a borough located in southeast Pennsylvania approximately 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The town lies along the Schuylkill River in what is known as the “Tri-County Area,” which includes Berks, Chester and Montgomery County. As of the 2000 census, Pottstown had a population of 21,859 residents. The history of the town is greatly entwined with iron and steel production due to the abundance of iron ore, water and charcoal found in the region. In 1717, Thomas Rutter built Pennsylvania’s first iron forge at Colebrookdale, which was along the Manatawny Creek, three miles upstream from present day Pottstown. In 1726, Thomas Potts joined Rutter’s business, and by 1742 Thomas’s son, John Potts, had taken over and expanded the industry by building two new forges along Manatawny Creek. In 1752, John Potts purchased 995 acres at the confluence of the Manatawny Creek and Schuylkill River. To the west of the creek he built his home, Pottsgrove Manor, and to the east of the creek he built a new iron forge. In 1761, Potts laid out a town around the forge and the village of Pottstown was born. By 1880, Pottstown was known as “Boomtown USA” with iron factories attracting hundreds of workers from nearby Philadelphia and beyond. The borough of Pottstown has received a lot of recognition in the metal industries due to some very significant projects, including the Panama Canal and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Today, downtown Pottstown is undergoing a revitalization project that includes the restoration of a 1905 carousel made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. Several years ago a group of Pottstown citizens formed a committee with the goal to revitalize the downtown area and make it a safe and appealing place for families to spend time with their children. The idea for a carousel was introduced and the group committed themselves to achieving their goal - not only for future generations of Pottstown residents, but for visitors to the city, as well. The Annual Carousel of Flavor Restaurant Festival has become part of the project, where visitors can sample fare from many of Pottstown’s excellent restaurants. Pottstown also offers an array of other excellent services for visitors, including modern shopping venues, hotels and motels and bed and breakfast inns.

Pottstown is situated along the Schuylkill River Heritage Corridor, which knits together 128 miles of historical attractions and community events. The historic railroad bridges in the area offer spectacular views of the river and Montgomery County has six county parks that range in size from fifteen acres to over 3400 acres. Recreational activities include hiking, bicycling, fishing, swimming, birdwatching and horseback riding, golf, outdoor summer concerts, and Revolutionary and Civil War reenactments. Pottstown is just a short drive to the Valley Forge National Historic Park and Philadelphia's museums, exciting historical landmarks, amazing restaurants and shopping and vibrant nightlife. In addition, the convenient location of the Tri-County area puts you within an easy drive of Atlantic City, the Pocono Mountains or the East Coast beaches.


 

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