Hands on Heritage: Market Square

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Hands on Heritage

Hands on Heritage: Market Square

This 1875 photograph shows the southwest corner of Market Square in downtown Williamsport. Bustling with downtown traffic despite the muddy thoroughfares, Williamsport’s booming lumber trade summoned entrepreneurs eager to capitalize on the region’s wealth and new construction. The block featured a ticket office for the Philadelphia and Erie Railroad Company, a hardware store and a pianoforte maker. Michael Ross, an indentured servant of Scottish origin, founded the city. In 1793, Ross bought 285 acres of land from William Winter. The original plot of land was a rectangular figure containing 111 acres and divided into 302 lots with streets and alleys crossing each other at right angles. He sold the first lots in what would become Williamsport on July 4, 1796.

Hands on Heritage: Market Square from Williamsport: The Grit Photograph Collection

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I’m Robin Van Auken, an author, researcher and educator specializing in communications, the publishing industry, as well as cultural heritage projects. I teach at Lycoming College, and when I'm not teaching, I write. I've authored more than a dozen books, ranging from nonfiction history to fictional novels. I'm also a public archaeologist. Learn more about my books projects on the web at: www.RobinVanAuken.com.