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ADAMS COUNTY: created on January 22, 1800, from part of York county. Gettysburg is the county seat, and was incorporated March 10, 1806.

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ALLEGHENY COUNTY: created September 24, 1788, from parts of Westmoreland and Washington counties. Pittsburgh, the county seat, was incorporated on April 22, 1794 and became a city on March 18, 1816.

County Homepage Prothonotary, Civil Court Docket Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce" Northern Allegheny Chamber of Commerce County Portal Carnegie Library System Allegheny County Public Libraries GenWeb

ARMSTRONG COUNTY: created on March 12, 1800, from parts of Allegheny, Westmoreland, and Lycoming counties. It was administratively attached to Westmoreland County until 1805. Kittanning, the county seat, was incorporated on April 2, 1821.

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BEAVER COUNTY: created on March 12, 1800, from parts of Allegheny and Washington counties. It was administratively attached to Allegheny County until 1803. Beaver, the county seat, was incorporated on March 29, 1802.

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BEDFORD COUNTY: created on March 9, 1771, from part of Cumberland County. Bedford, the county seat, was incorporated, March l3, 1795.

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BERKS COUNTY: created on March 11, 1752, from parts of Philadelphia, Chester, and Lancaster counties. Reading, the county seat, was incorporated on September 12, 1783 and as a city on March 16, 1847.

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BLAIR COUNTY: created on February 26, 1846, from parts of Huntingdon and Bedford counties. Hollidaysburg, the county seat, was incorporated August 10, 1836.

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BRADFORD COUNTY: created on February 21, 1810, from parts of Lucerne and Lycoming counties, and named Ontario County. On March 24, 1812, it was renamed for William Bradford, second Attorney General of the United States. Towanda, the county seat, was incorporated on March 5, 1828.

County Homepage TriCounty Genealogy Library System

BUCKS COUNTY: One of the three original counties created by William Penn in November, 1682. Doylestown replaced Newtown as the county seat in 1812, and was incorporated on April 16, 1838.

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BUTLER COUNTY: created on March 12, 1800, from part of Allegheny County and named for General Richard Butler. It was attached to Allegheny County until 1803. Butler, the county seat, incorporated on February 26, 1817, and became a city on January 7, 1918.

County Homepage Butler Chamber of Commerce and Tourism

CAMBRIA COUNTY: created on March 26, 1804, from parts of Huntingdon, Somerset, and Bedford counties. It remained administratively attached to Somerset County until 1807. Ebensburg, the county was incorporated on January 15, 1825.

County Homepage Chamber of Commerce Greater Johnstown-Cambria County Convention and Visitors Bureau

CAMERON COUNTY: created on March 29, 1860, from parts of Clinton, McKean, Elk, and Potter counties. Emporium, the county seat, was incorporated on October 13, 1864.

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CARBON COUNTY: created on March l3, 1843, from parts of Northampton and Monroe counties Jim Thorpe, the county seat, was incorporated as theborough of Mauch Chunk on January 26, 1850. It was renamed in 1954.

CENTRE COUNTY: created on February l3, 1800, from parts of Huntingdon, Lycoming, Mifflin, and Northumberland counties. Bellefonte, the county seat. was incorporated on March 28, 1806 .

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CHESTER COUNTY: one of the three original counties created by William Penn in November, 1682. West Chester, the county seat, was incorporated on March 28, 1799.

County Homepage Chamber of Business & Industry Southern Chester Chamber of Commerce Schools Historical Society

CLARION COUNTY: created on March 11, 18S9, from parts Venango and Armstrong counties, Clarion, the county seat, was incorporated April 6, 1841.

CLEARFIELD COUNTY: created on March 26, 1804, from part of Huntingdon and Lycoming counties. For many years Clearfield County was functionally part of Centre County, electing its first commissioners in 1812. It was organized for judicial reasons in 1822. Clearfield, the county seat, was incorporated April 21, 1840.

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CLINTON COUNTY: created on June 21, 1899, from parts Centre and Lycoming counties. Lock Haven, the county seat, was incorporated on May 25, 1840, and incorporated as a city on March 28, 1870.

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COLUMBIA COUNTY: created on March 22, 18l3, from part Northunberland County; Bloomsburg, county seat after November 30, 1847, was incorporated as a town on March 4. 1870. Danville, the county seat from 1813 to 1846 became the county seat of Montour County.

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CRAWFORD COUNTY: created on March 12, 1800. from part Allegheny County. Meadville, the county seat, was incorporated on March 29, 1823, and as a city on February 15, 1866.

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY: created on January 27. 1750 from part of Lancaster County. Carlisle, the county seat since 1752, was incorporated April 13. 1782. Shippensburg was the first county seat (1750 to 1752).

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DAUPHIN COUNTY: created on March 4, 1785, from part Lancastor County. Harrisburg, the county seat, was incorporated on April 13, 1791, and became a city on March 19, 1860.

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DELAWARE COUNTY: created September 26, 1789, from part of Chester County Media,county seat since 1850, was incorporated March 11, 1850. Chester, its first county seat. was the county seat of Chester County before 1788 and capital of Pennsylvania, 1681-1682.

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ELK COUNTY: created on April 18, 1843, from parts of Jefferson, Clearfield, and McKean counties. Ridgway, the county seat was incorporated February 15, 1881.

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ERIE COUNTY: created on March 12, 1800, from part of Allegheny County. It was attached to Crawford County until 1803. Erie, the county seat, was incorporated March 29, 1805, and became a city on April 14, 1851.

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FAYETTE COUNTY: created on September 26, 178S, from part of Westmoreland County, and named for Lafayette. Uniontown, the county seat, was originally called Beeson's town and later renamed. It was incorporated on April 4, 1796, and became a city December 19, 1913.

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FOREST COUNTY: created on April 11, 1848, from part of Jefferson County, part of Venango County was added on October 11,1866. It was administratively attached to Jefferson County until 1857 at which time Marienville became the county seat. Tionesta (the county seat after 1866) was incorporated on February 28, 1856.

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FRANKLlN COUNTY: created on September 9, 1784, from part of Cumberland County. Chambersburg, the county seat, was founded in 1764 was incorporated on March 21, 1803.

FULTON COUNTY: created on April 19, 1851, from part of Bedford County. McConnellsburg, the county seat, was incorporated on March 26, 1814.

GREENE COUNTY: created on February 9, 1796, from part of Washlington County, Waynesburg, the county seat, was incorporated on January 29, 1816. HUNTINGDON COUNTY: created on September 20, 1787, from Bedford County. Its county seat Huntingdon was incorporated on March 29, 1796.

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INDIANA COUNTY: created on March 30, 1809, from parts of Westmoreland and Lycoming counties. It was administratively attached to Westmoreland County until 1806. Indiana, the county seat, was incorporated on March 11, 1816.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY: created on March 26, 1804, from part of Lycoming County, was administratively attached to Westmoreland County until 1806, and then to Indiana County until 1830. BrookviIIe, the county seat, was incorporated April 9, 1834.

JUNIATA COUNTY: created on March 2. 1831 from part of Mifflin County. Mifflintown, the county seat, was incorporated on March 6, 1833.

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LACKAWANNA COUNTY: created on August l3, 1878, from part of Luzerne County Scranton the county seat was incorporated in 1856, and became a city on April 21, 1866.

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LANCASTER COUNTY: created May 10, 1729 from part of Chester Co. Lancaster, the county seat, was incorporated on May 1, 1742 and became a city on March 20, 1818.

County Homepage Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau

LAWRENCE COUNTY: created on March 20, 1849, from parts of Beaver and Mercer counties. New Castle, the county seat, was incorporated March 25, 1825, and chartered as a city on February 25, 1869.

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LEBANON COUNTY: created on February 16, 1819, from part Dauphin and Lancaster counties. It was first incorporated March 28, 1799, but that was rejected by its citizens. It was finally chartered February 20, 1821, and became a city in 1885.

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LEHIGH COUNTY: created on March 6, l812, from part of Northampton County. Allentown, the county seat, was incorporated as the borough of Northampton on March 18, 1811, renamed Allentown in 1838, and became a city on March 12, 1867.

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LUZERNE COUNTY: created on September 25, 1786, from part Northumberland County. Wilkes Barre, the county seat was incorporated on March 17, 1806, and became a city on May 4, 1871.

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LYCOMlNG COUNTY: created on April 1, 1795, from part of Northumberland County. Williamsport. the county seat. was incorporated March 1, 1806, and became a city on January 15, 1866.

County Homepage Williamsport-Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce

McKEAN COUNTY: created on March 26, 1804, from part Lycoming County, was administratively attached to Centre County until 1814, when it was combined with Potter County to elect commissioners jointly, and also attached to Lycoming County for judicial and elective purposes. It became indepentently organized in 1826. Smethport, the county seat, was incorporated Februray 11, 1853.

MERCER COUNTY: created on March 12, 1800, from part of Allegheny County. It was administraively attached to Crawford County until February, 1804, when it was fomally organized. Mercer, the county seat. was laid out in 1809 and incorporated March 28, 1814.

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MIFFLIN COUNTY: created on September 19, 1789, from parts of Cumberland and Northumberland counties. Lewistown, the county seat, incorporated April 11, 1795, but this charter was not accepted, it was reincorporated on February 6, 1811.

County Homepage County Assessor's Office

MONROE COUNTY: created on April 1, 1896, from parts of Northampton and Pike counties, and named for President James Monroe. Stroudsburg, the county seat, was incorporated February 6, 1815, and named for Jacob Stroud.

County Homepage Planning Commission

MONTGOMERY COUNTY: created on September 10, 1784, from part of Philadelphia County. Norristown, the county seat, was incorporated March 31, 1812.

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MONTOUR COUNTY: created on May 3, 1850, from part of Columbia County. Danville, the county seat, and incorporated February 27, 1849. Danville was the county seat of Columbia County from 1813 to 1846.

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY: created on March 11, 1752, from part of Bucks County, and named for Northamptonshire, England. Easton, the county seat was incorporated September 23, 1789, and became a city on November 2, 1886.

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NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY: created on 11 March 21, 1772, from parts of Lancaster, Cumberland, Berks, Bedford, and Northampton counties. Sunbury,the county seat, was incorporated March 24, 1797, and became a city in 1921.

PERRY COUNTY: created on March 22, 1820 from part of Cumberland County. Bloomfield, the county seat after 1827, was incorporated on March 14, 1831.

PHILADELPHIA COUNTY: one of the of the three original counties created by William Penn in November, 1682, was chartered as a city on October 25, 1701 and rechartered on March 11, 1789. The county offices were merged with the city government in 1952.

PIKE COUNTY: created on March 26, 1814, from part of Wayne County. Milford, the county seat was incorporated on December 25, 1874.

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POTTER COUNTY: created on March 26, 1804, from part Lycoming County, was administratively attached to Lycoming County until 1814, when it elected commissioners jointly with McKean County. McKean and Potter counties were separated in 1824, but Potter remained with McKean for judicial purposes. It became independent in 1835. Coudersport, the county seat was incorporated February 7, 1848.

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SCHUYLKILL COUNTY: created on March 1, 1811, from parts of Berks and Northampton counties, parts of Columbia and Luzerne counties were added March 3, 1818. Pottsville, county seat after December 1, l851, was incorporated February 19, 1828, and became a city in 1910. The first county seat was Orwigsburg.

County Homepage Chamber of Commerce Visitors Bureau

SNYDER COUNTY: created on March 2, 1855, from part of Union Co. Middleburg, the county seat, was incorporated in 1864.

SOMERSET COUNTY: created on April 17, 1795, from part Bedord County, and named for Somersetshire, England. Somerset the county seat, was incorporated March 5, 1804.

Chamber of Commerce Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau

SULLIVAN COUNTY: created on March 15, 1847, from part Lycoming County Laporte, the county seat was incorporated 1853.

SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY: created on February 21, 1810, from part of Luzerne County, was administratively attached to Luzerne until 1812. Montrose, the county seat incorporated March 29, 1824.

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TIOGA COUNTY: created March 26, 1804, from part of Lycoming County. Wellsboro, the county seat,and incorporated on March 16, 1830.

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UNION COUNTY: created March 22, 1819, from part of Northumberland County. Lewisburg, the county seat after 1855, was it was incorporated on March 21, 1822. New Berlin was first county seat from 1815 to 1855.

County Homepage Chamber of Commerce

VENANGO COUNTY: created on March 12, 1800, from parts of Allegheny and Lycoming counties. It was administratively attached to Crawford County until April 1, 1805. Franklin, the county seat was incorporated on April 14, 1828, and became a city on April 4, 1868.

County Homepage Venango Economic Development Corporation

WARREN COUNTY: created on March 12, 1800, from parts of Allegheny and Lycoming counties. It was administratively attached to Crawford County until 1805, and after that to Venango County until 1819, when it was formally organized. Warren, the county seat incorporated Apr 3 1832.

Chamber of Commerce Northern Alleghenies Vacation Region

WASHINGTON COUNTY: created on March 28, 1781, from part Westmoreland County.Washington, the county seat, was incorporated February 12, 1810, and chartered as a city in 1924.

County Homepage Chamber of Commerce Tourism Promotion Agency

WAYNE COUNTY: created on March 21, 1798. Honesdale, the county seat after 1842, was incorporated January 28, 1831. Earlier county seats were Wilsonville (1799-1802), Milford (1802-1805), and Bethany (1805-1841) .

Chamber of Commerce

WESTMORELAND COUNTY: created on. February 26. 1773, from part of Bedford County. Greensburg, the county seat after 1785, was incorporated February 9, 1799, and became a city in 1928. Hannastown, the original county seat, was burned by British and Indians on July l3, 1782.

County Homepage Central Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau

WYOMING COUNTY: created on April 4, 1842, from part of Luzerne County. Tunkhannock, the county seat, was incorporated on August 8, 1841.

Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau

YORK COUNTY: created on August 19, 1749, from part of Lancaster County. York, the county seat, was incorporated September 24, 1787, Iand became a city January 11, 1887.

County Homepage Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau York Economic Development Corporation

Source: County historical data from Pennsylvania History in Outline by Sylvester K. Stevens, revised and enlarged by Donald H. Kent, 1964, Penn Historical and Museum Commission.


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