Downtown Wyalusing in July 2012
Map of Bradford County with Wyalusing highlighted
|• Total||0.80 sq mi (2.06 km2)|
|• Land||0.73 sq mi (1.88 km2)|
|• Water||0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)|
|Elevation||705 ft (215 m)|
|• Density||821/sq mi (317.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||570 Exchange: 746|
The history of Wyalusing dates back centuries. It was originally known as M'chwihilusing. Before 1750 the settlement was known as Gahontoto and was home to the Tehotachsee tribe of native Americans. This small tribe would eventually be completely wiped out by the Cayuga tribe. In 1792 the chief of the Cayugas and about 20 other families rebuilt the town.
In the 19th century the town began to prosper as it became a shipping area for logs and other items on the Susquehanna River. In 1820 the construction of the Welles Mill along Wyalusing Creek made Wyalusing a prime area for people to farm and raise crops. In 1887 Wyalusing became a borough. Many of the buildings constructed in the late 19th century and early 1920s are still part of Main Street today.
Wyalusing is home to one of the biggest beef processing plants on the east coast. Cargill regional beef Wyalusing is located just a couple miles outside of town. This plant was originally started in the late 1970s by the local Taylor family as a small meat processing plant. It eventually grew into a multi-million dollar business that employs over 1,200 people from the surrounding area. Cargill is one of the biggest suppliers of ground beef to large grocery chains such as Wegmans, Giant, Shop Rite and more. In 2002 the Taylor family sold the business to the Cargill corporation, one of the largest privately owned companies in the United States.
Wyalusing is located in southeastern Bradford County at . It is on the northeast bank of the Susquehanna River at the confluence with Wyalusing Creek. The borough is bordered on the north, east, and south by Wyalusing Township and on the west, across the Susquehanna, by Terry Township.(41.667407, -76.263375)
U.S. Route 6 passes through the center of the borough, following the Susquehanna River. It leads southeast 24 miles (39 km) to Tunkhannock and northwest 15 miles (24 km) to Towanda, the Bradford County seat. Pennsylvania Route 706 leaves northeast from the center of the borough, leading 37 miles (60 km) to U.S. Route 11 and Interstate 81 at New Milford.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.81 square miles (2.1 km2), of which 0.73 square miles (1.9 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.2 km2), or 8.58%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 564 people, 264 households, and 145 families residing in the borough. The population density was 706.0 people per square mile (272.2/km²). There were 280 housing units at an average density of 350.5 per square mile (135.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.40% White, 0.35% African American, 0.89% Native American, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.
There were 264 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.7% were non-families. 39.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.75.
In the borough the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 25.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 78.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.8 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $30,625, and the median income for a family was $41,429. Males had a median income of $33,393 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $27,229. About 4.9% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 24.2% of those age 65 or over.
Scenic attrations include the Wyalusing Rocks, and the Marie Antoinette.
Community events include the Wyalusing Fall Festival, the Wyalusing Firemen's Parade, the Camptown Races, and the Wyalusing Wine festival.
Wyalusing is home to The Rocket Courier, founded in 1887, a newspaper that is printed once a week. The Rocket Courier covers the surrounding Wyalusing area, as well local towns nearby. The Rocket is locally owned by editor Dave Keeler. It is printed in Wyalusing and puts out a new issue every Thursday morning.
Wyalusing recently opened a new winery. The Grovedale Winery is its name. The winery is also home to one of the biggest wineries in Northeast Pennsylvania known as the Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival. This festival offers wine tasting food and dancing with over thirteen wineries from Northeast Pennsylvania attending.
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- "Camptown Races Historical Marker". WITF-TV and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
- "Wyalusing History". Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce. 2006. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
- "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.
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- "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.
- Borough of Wyalusing official website
- Wyalusing Valley Museum
- Wyalusing, PA Chamber of Commerce history