Conyngham, Pennsylvania

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Conyngham, Pennsylvania
Borough
Pennsylvania Route 93 in Conyngham
Pennsylvania Route 93 in Conyngham
Location of Conyngham in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Conyngham in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Conyngham is located in Pennsylvania
Conyngham
Conyngham
Conyngham is located in the US
Conyngham
Conyngham
Location of Conyngham in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Coordinates: 40°59′24″N 76°03′42″W / 40.99000°N 76.06167°W / 40.99000; -76.06167Coordinates: 40°59′24″N 76°03′42″W / 40.99000°N 76.06167°W / 40.99000; -76.06167
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
Settled late 1700s
Incorporated 1921
Government
 • Type Borough Council
 • Mayor Joseph Carrelli (R)
Area[1]
 • Total 1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)
 • Land 1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation 1,014 ft (309 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,914
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 1,870
 • Density 1,831.54/sq mi (707.19/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 18219
Area code(s) 570 Exchange: 788
FIPS code 42-15888

Conyngham is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,914 at the 2010 census.[3]

History[edit]

The first settler of Conyngham was George Drum (in the late 1700s)[4] who served in the American Revolution and was elected justice of the peace in 1811.[5][6] George Drum was an entrepreneurial businessman and was a large landowner who also owned the Drums Hotel, a shoe shop, tavern, and the Drums Post Office. He and his family developed the adjacent village of Drums, of which the village is named after the family, along with helping the development of Conyngham. Drums is a sister village to Conyngham. The George Drum residence remains standing in impeccable condition on Conyngham's Main Street.[7]

The Sugarloaf Massacre of September 11, 1780, was one of a series of bloody engagements fought in the frontier of northeastern Pennsylvania between Iroquois (allies of British troops) and settlers loyal to the cause of American independence. Today, this event is commemorated by a historic monument with a bronze plaque bearing the names of the fifteen men who lost their lives near modern-day Conyngham.

In 1815, Redmond Conyngham represented Luzerne County in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In 1820, he served a term in the State Senate. Captain Gustavus Conyngham was his cousin. He was an unsung hero of the Revolution. He commanded a privateer and was the first to carry the American flag in the English Channel. The townspeople suggested naming the village after Redmond Conyngham, but he replied that the town should be named in honor of his cousin, Gustavus, who frequently made trips to England to obtain military supplies for revolutionary colonists.[8]

In the 1800s, the Lehigh-Susquehanna Turnpike traveled through the middle of modern-day Main Street in Conyngham.[9] PA 93 was later constructed as another route through the town. It was not until 1921 when Conyngham became a borough.

Geography[edit]

A map of Pennsylvania Route 93 (seen in red) as it runs through Conyngham.

Conyngham is located at 40°59′24″N 76°3′42″W / 40.99000°N 76.06167°W / 40.99000; -76.06167 (40.990051, -76.061655).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all of it land. Sugarloaf Township encircles Conyngham. Pennsylvania Route 93 runs through the borough. Conyngham is located near Interstate 80 (to the north) and 81 (to the south and east).

Attractions[edit]

Conyngham has a town park called Whispering Willows. At the park, there is a community pool owned by the Conyngham Valley Civic Organization (CVCO). The Hazleton Area Library, Conyngham Branch, is also located nearby.

Restaurants[edit]

  • The Brass Buckle Restaurant and Bar (built 1805) is located on Main Street and serves modern Mexican food
  • Valley Pizza & Subs, known for their pizza and subs
  • Vincenzo's, known for their pizza and subs

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 406
1920 385 −5.2%
1930 522 35.6%
1940 744 42.5%
1950 935 25.7%
1960 1,163 24.4%
1970 1,850 59.1%
1980 2,242 21.2%
1990 2,060 −8.1%
2000 1,958 −5.0%
2010 1,914 −2.2%
Est. 2016 1,870 [2] −2.3%
Sources:[11][12][13]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 1,958 people, 793 households, and 574 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,834.8 people per square mile (706.5/km2). There were 817 housing units at an average density of 765.6 per square mile (294.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.40% White, 0.05% African American, 2.25% Asian, and 0.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

There were 793 households, out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 24.0% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $48,529, and the median income for a family was $59,083. Males had a median income of $49,732 versus $22,226 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,352. About 2.1% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 1.1% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Conyngham borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Hazleton Standard Speaker publication, Hazleton, Pa. Oct. 10, p.23
  5. ^ Helman, Laura, "The History and Genealogy of the Drum Family", 1927, Press of Berkmeyer, Keck & Co. Allentown, Pa., P.23
  6. ^ Hazleton Standard Speaker publication, Aug. 29, 1973
  7. ^ The Conyngham Borough Centennial Committee, "A Centennial History of Conyngham Borough 1901-2001" , Citizen Publishing Co., Hazleton, Pa. 2001, p.95
  8. ^ The Conyngham Borough Centennial Committee, "A Centennial History of Conyngham Borough 1901-2001, Citizen Publishing Company, Hazleton, Pa.2001, p.8
  9. ^ Hazelton or Nesquehoning quadrangle made in 1893. See closeup of the 1893 topographic map on the Nesquehoning Creek page, and that of Old Lausanne Township.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 12 May 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.