Duboistown, Pennsylvania

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Duboistown, Pennsylvania
Borough
Euclid Ave. (Route 654) in Duboistown
Euclid Ave. (Route 654) in Duboistown
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania highlighting Duboistown
Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania highlighting Duboistown
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lycoming County
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lycoming County
Coordinates: 41°13′31″N 77°2′6″W / 41.22528°N 77.03500°W / 41.22528; -77.03500Coordinates: 41°13′31″N 77°2′6″W / 41.22528°N 77.03500°W / 41.22528; -77.03500
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lycoming
Settled 1773
Laid out 1852
Incorporated 1878
Area
 • Total 0.6 sq mi (1.7 km2)
 • Land 0.6 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation [1] 531 ft (162 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,280
 • Density 2,293.5/sq mi (885.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 17702
Area code(s) 570
FIPS code 42-20144[2]
GNIS feature ID 1192377[1]

Duboistown is a borough in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,280 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Williamsport, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Duboistown (pronounced 'doo-BOYS town') is named for its founders John and Mathias DuBois who bought 489 acres (1.98 km2) of land between 1852 and 1857. The DuBois brothers divided their land into parcels and established the village that bears their name. John DuBois left the West Branch Susquehanna Valley before Duboistown was established as a borough. He sold his business interests and moved west to Clearfield County. He became quite wealthy and the city of DuBois was named in his honor.

The town built by the DuBois brothers and established as a borough in 1878 is by no means the beginning of the history of Duboistown. It is situated at the mouth of Mosquito Run on the banks of the West Branch Susquehanna River. A tribe of Susquehannock Indians had what appears to have been a fairly major settlement at the mouth of the creek. The early European settlers found the remains of an Indian village there. Arhaeologic evidence of earthenware, soapstone ware, pestles, hatchets, ornaments and charms were found on the land that is across the river from Lycoming Creek and nearby where the Sheshequin Path crossed the river.

The land on which Duboistown is located was first surveyed in 1769. At the time it was known as "Walnut Bottom" for the vast stands of black walnut that covered the alluvial plain on which the borough now stands. Samuel Boone, cousin of Daniel Boone held the first warrant for land at Walnut Bottom.

Andrew Culbertson was one of the first settlers to have success in the Duboistown area. He purchased several tracts of land beginning in 1773, including the parcel owned by Samuel Boone, near the mouth of Mosquito Run. Culbertson is thought to have moved into the area by crossing an Indian Trail over White Deer Mountain that is now known as Culbertson's Path. He built a sawmill at the mouth of the creek soon after moving to the area and there he lived for several years. Culbertson was forced to flee the area during the American Revolutionary War when settlements throughout the Susquehanna valley were attacked by Loyalists and Native Americans allied with the British. After the Battle of Wyoming in the summer of 1778 (near what is now Wilkes-Barre) and smaller local attacks, the "Big Runaway" occurred throughout the West Branch Susquehanna valley. Settlers fled feared and actual attacks by the British and their allies. Settlers abandoned their homes and fields, drove their livestock south, and towed their possessions on rafts on the river to Sunbury. Their abandoned property was burned by the attackers. Some settlers soon returned, only to flee again in the summer of 1779 in the "Little Runaway".[3] Culbertson returned to the area and rebuilt his sawmill. He also built a gristmill, distillery, and a press that extracted nut and linseed oils. His gristmill was especially important to the development of the West Branch Susquehanna River Valley. It was easily accessible from canoe. Farmers could float their grain in their canoes or other watercraft right up to the mill. Other farmers from the surrounding valleys reached his mill via Culbertson's Path. Culbertson saw another business opportunity with the farmers who were coming to his mill. He quickly built a tavern in which the weary farmers could enjoy a drink and get some food while they waited for their grain to be ground into flour. This tavern became a popular destination for the young people of the West Branch Valley. Today Culbertson's Mill and tavern are long gone and the area is a largely overgrown riverbank with an abandoned softball field, that is surrounded by a railroad, bridge, and woods.

The 200 block of Summer Street in Duboistown is decorated for Christmas each December and is known as Candy Cane Lane. In 2007, the mayor of the borough proclaimed the month of "December as Candy Cane Lane month forever more in DuBoistown".[4]

Geography[edit]

Duboistown is located at 41°13′31″N 77°2′6″W / 41.22528°N 77.03500°W / 41.22528; -77.03500 (41.225278, -77.034953).[5] It is bordered by South Williamsport to the east, Armstrong Township to the south and west, and the West Branch Susquehanna River to the north (with Williamsport north of the river).[6] As the crow flies, Lycoming County is about 130 miles (209 km) northwest of Philadelphia and 165 miles (266 km) east-northeast of Pittsburgh.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2).0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (13.85%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 662
1890 697 5.3%
1900 650 −6.7%
1910 682 4.9%
1920 756 10.9%
1930 1,049 38.8%
1940 1,047 −0.2%
1950 1,140 8.9%
1960 1,358 19.1%
1970 1,468 8.1%
1980 1,218 −17.0%
1990 1,201 −1.4%
2000 1,280 6.6%
2010 1,205 −5.9%
Est. 2012 1,205 0.0%
Sources:[7][2][8]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,280 people, 540 households, and 372 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,293.5 people per square mile (882.5/km²). There were 558 housing units at an average density of 999.8 per square mile (384.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.67% White, 0.16% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.08% of the population.

There were 540 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 20.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $35,132, and the median income for a family was $41,450. Males had a median income of $31,172 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,348. About 4.0% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.

See also[edit]

History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ A Picture of Lycoming County (PDF). The Lycoming County Unit of the Pennsylvania Writers Project of the Work Projects Administration (First edition ed.). The Commissioners of Lycoming County Pennsylvania. 1939. Retrieved 2006-07-23. 
  4. ^ Telatovich, Anna (10 December 2007). "Though the weather outside is frightful, Parade marches on". Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Research, Geographic Information Division. "2007 General Highway Map Lycoming County Pennsylvania" (Map). 1:65,000. ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/GHS/Roadnames/lycoming_GHSN.PDF. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.