Mifflin Cross Roads, Pennsylvania

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Mifflin Cross Roads is an unincorporated community in Beaver Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania. It is named after Thomas Mifflin, first governor of Pennsylvania, and located three miles east of Mainville.

In the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), its name is misspelled as "Miffin Cross Roads" (the "l" is missing). A Google search for "Miffin Cross Roads" gives 971,000 results, indicating the extent to which automated web sites have extracted data from the GNIS and replicated the misspelling. [1][2][3][4]

History[edit]

Maps from 1876 and 1895 show a railroad station in Mifflin Cross Roads. In 1876, the community was served by the Danville, Hazelton and Wilkes-Barre railroad. By 1895, this railroad had become part of the Pennsylvania Railroad.[5] Postal records show that in 1891, the community was large enough to warrant a post office. [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Miffin Cross Roads Populated Place Profile". HTL, Inc. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Miffin Cross Roads, United States". Information Technology Associates. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mifflin Cross Roads". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  4. ^ ""Miffin Cross Roads" - Google Search". Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  5. ^ West, Dan. "Columbia County Pennsylvania Railroad Stations". Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "United States Official Postal Guide (1891)". United States Post Office Dept. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 

Coordinates: 40°58′15″N 76°18′55″W / 40.97083°N 76.31528°W / 40.97083; -76.31528