Woolrich, Pennsylvania

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Woolrich, Pennsylvania
Unincorporated community
Woolrich, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Woolrich, Pennsylvania
Woolrich, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°11′41″N 77°22′35″W / 41.19472°N 77.37639°W / 41.19472; -77.37639Coordinates: 41°11′41″N 77°22′35″W / 41.19472°N 77.37639°W / 41.19472; -77.37639
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Clinton
Established 1834
Elevation[1] 725 ft (221 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP 17779
Area code(s) 570
GNIS feature ID 1191785 [1]

Woolrich is an unincorporated community in Pine Creek Township, Clinton County, Pennsylvania, United States. Its elevation is 725 feet (221 m), and it is located at 41°12′28″N 77°22′19″W / 41.20778°N 77.37194°W / 41.20778; -77.37194 (41.1911819, -77.3720595).[1]

Woolrich is a company town, the home of Woolrich, Inc., a family-owned clothing company. The company was founded in 1830 by John Rich and Daniel McCormick, and originally located at a mill on Little Plum Run in nearby Dunnstable Township. By 1834, Rich and McCormick decided to move their operations to a location with a better water supply at Chatham's Run in Pine Creek Township. They bought 300 acres and first built a sawmill; around 1845 the company (by then solely owned by John Rich) relocated to a new mill at the Chatham's Run location. This 1845 mill no longer exists in its original configuration, but its location remains the site of Woolrich's main operations and its surrounding community. The town was first called Factoryville, later Richville, and after 1888 was named Woolrich.[2][3]

Notable people[edit]

Robert F. Rich, who headed the Woolrich company for many years and was also a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 18 years between 1931 and 1951, was born in Woolrich.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Woolrich". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. August 2, 1979. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ Megan E. Baker and Alan Jalowitz, "Rich in Tradition", Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Fall 2010/Spring 2011.
  3. ^ Russell E. Eshleman Jr., "Firm Roots Unbroken By Growth", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 21, 1988.
  4. ^ "Robert Rich, Industrialist", Associated Press in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 30, 1968.
  5. ^ Robert F. Rich at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.