Desire, Pennsylvania

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Desire is located in Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°01′31″N 78°53′25″W / 41.02528°N 78.89028°W / 41.02528; -78.89028Coordinates: 41°01′31″N 78°53′25″W / 41.02528°N 78.89028°W / 41.02528; -78.89028
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Jefferson
Elevation 1,519 ft (463 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 1173179[1]

Desire is an unincorporated community in Henderson Township in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, United States.[1]

A post office was established at Desire in 1898, and remained in operation until 1923.[2][3] The origin of the name "Desire" is obscure.[4] Journalist William A. White visited Desire in 1953 and wrote "there is nothing sensational about the name Desire". White described the community as having a few houses, a gas station, and a post office named Desire.[5]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Desire, Pennsylvania
  2. ^ "Jefferson County". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  3. ^ McKnight, William James (1917). Historical. J.H. Beers. p. 234. 
  4. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 141. 
  5. ^ White, William A. (February 13, 1953). "Desire, Pa.". Pittsburgh Press.