Muncy Postcard History Series
Muncy Historical Society is a vibrant, all-volunteer organization committed to the preservation and conservation of Muncy’s rich heritage. Its board of directors, trustees and volunteers have revitalized the society and injected a sense of volunteerism within the community. Newly energized, this small group has tackled significant projects, earning it national recognition and respect.
Muncy (PA) (Postcard History Series), written at the behest of the Historical Society, examines the small river town of Muncy. Founded shortly after the French and Indian War, Muncy was the earliest European settlement in the West Branch Valley of the Susquehanna River.
By 1769, land speculator Samuel Wallis had acquired more than 7,000 acres, so he sold much of this land to pioneers in search of a better way of life. By1832, the West Branch Canal made Muncy a business thoroughfare and lumber boomtown.
Like most Pennsylvania river towns, Muncy suffered great loss in the flood of 1889, which also devastated Johnstown. Another massive flood in 1894 sounded the death knell for the canal system. The railroad, which superseded the canal system throughout the United States, kept the local industry alive, although the port businesses disappeared.
Through vintage postcards, Muncy (PA) (Postcard History Series) depicts the varied past of this quiet town. Writer Robin Van Auken worked closely with Linda Poulton, editor of “Now and Then,” the historical society’s nationally recognized magazine of history, biography and genealogy, when creating the book. Poulton’s keen sense of history and her skill as a writer and editor guided all aspects of the book.