Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
|Borough of Mount Joy|
Mount Joy Post Office
|Elevation||371 ft (113.1 m)|
|Area||2.3 sq mi (6 km2)|
|- land||2.3 sq mi (6 km2)|
|- water||0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%|
|Density||3,159.7 / sq mi (1,220 / km2)|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Name and origin
The name is often shortened to Mt Joy, as in Mencken (1963), but this is incorrect, since the "mount" in Mount Joy does not refer to a mountain. The town's name is actually derived from the sailing ship that the original settlers traveled across the Atlantic in, a replica of which is mounted along Main Street in current day Mount Joy.
- ZIP code: 17552
- Area code: 717
- Local phone codes: 492, 653, 928
Mount Joy is located at (40.109895, -76.510977).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²), all of it land. It is considered to be part of the Appalachians.
- Total population: 7,410
- Male: 3,624
- Female: 3,786
- Hispanic or Latino: 549
- White: 6,809
- African American: 187
- Asian: 58
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 20
- Identified by two or more: 170
- The Milanof-Schock Library
- Borough of Mount Joy
- Mount Joy Township
- Fire Department of Mount Joy
- Donegal School District
Museums and historic sites
- Bube's Brewery and Central Hotel
- Donegal Mills Plantation
- George Brown's Sons Cotton and Woolen Mill
- Nissly Swiss Chocolate Company
- David Salsbery Fry, Metropolitan Opera bass.
- Clarence Charles Newcomer, United States federal judge.
- Ward's quarterly (1965) p.109 quote:
...in such delightfully-named towns in Pennsylvania Dutchland as his native Mount Joy, and neighboring Lititz, Blue Ball, Bareville, Intercourse, Bird in Hand, and Paradise.
- Anderson (1979) p.214 quote:
"...but anyone who names their towns Mount Joy, Intercourse, and Blue Ball can't be all bad. Obviously they have more on their minds than just religion."
- Museums Association (2006) p.61 quote:
Which brings us to Intercourse. You can imagine my delight when I found out that the Amish call the town of Intercourse, Pennsylvania, their home. There seems to be a lot of explanations from locals trying to pass off the name as a bastardisation of 'Enter Course' and so on, but seeing as there are other local towns called Blue Ball, Bird In Hand, and Mount Joy, I suspect that the person responsible had a very juvenile sense of humour. The town sits in upstate Pennsylvania and is a tourist trap for anyone even remotely curious about the Amish way of life.
- Rand McNally and Company (1978) p.52
- Mencken (1963) p.653 quote:
In the years since then many of these names have been changed to more elegant ones,2 and others have vanished with the ghost towns they adorned, but not a few still hang on. Indeed, there are plenty of lovely specimens to match them in the East, in regions that were also frontier in their days, e.g., the famous cluster in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania: Bird in Hand, Bareville, Blue Ball, Mt. Joy, Intercourse and Paradise.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "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.
- 2010 United States Census Community Data
- "Bio of David Salsbery Fry - The Metropolitan Opera". The Metropolitan Opera. Retrieved 13 October 2013. "Artist: David Salsbery Fry, Bass (Mount Joy, Pennsylvania)"
- Clarence Charles Newcomer at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Anderson, William Charles (1979) Home sweet home has wheels: or, Please don't tailgate the real estate
- Mencken, Henry Louis and McDavid, Raven Ioor (1963) The American language: an inquiry into the development of English in the United States, Volume 1
- Museums Association (2006) The Museums journal, Volume 106, Issues 1-6, Indexes to papers read before the Museums Association, 1890–1909. Compiled by Charles Madeley.
- Rand McNally and Company (1978) Vacation & travel guide
- Ward's quarterly, Volume 1, 1965
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