Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania

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Lower Towamensing Township
Little Gap Covered Bridge
Location of Lower Towamensing Township in Carbon County
Location of Lower Towamensing Township in Carbon County
Location of Carbon County in Pennsylvania
Location of Carbon County in Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°48′00″N 75°37′31″W / 40.80000°N 75.62528°W / 40.80000; -75.62528Coordinates: 40°48′00″N 75°37′31″W / 40.80000°N 75.62528°W / 40.80000; -75.62528
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Carbon
 • Total 21.30 sq mi (55.17 km2)
 • Land 21.25 sq mi (55.05 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.12 km2)
Elevation 449 ft (137 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,228
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 3,168
 • Density 149.05/sq mi (57.55/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 610
FIPS code 42-025-45128
Website www.lowertowamensing.org

Lower Towamensing Township is a township in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, United States. The Delaware Peoples name is eponymous and was once applied by the natives to the whole region[3] of Carbon County and bits of the Poconos to the north (Luzerne County) and to Schuylkill County (southwest). The population was 3,228 at the 2010 census.[4]


The Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Department has provided service in the township for many years. The Little Gap Covered Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[5]


The township is in southeastern Carbon County and is bordered by Northampton County to the south and Monroe County to the east. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 21.30 square miles (55.17 km2), of which 21.25 square miles (55.05 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.12 km2), or 0.21%, is water.[4] It is drained by tributaries (Aquashicola Creek, etc.) of the Lehigh River which separates it from East Penn Township, and its southern geographic boundary is Blue Mountain.

Villages in the township include Aquashicola (locally pronounced "ack-wa-SHIK-la"), Christian Corner, Hazard, and Little Gap (which hosts the Blue Mountain Ski Area). Pennsylvania Route 248 passes through the westernmost parts of the township, following the Lehigh River, and connects Lehighton to the northwest with the Allentown–Bethlehem area to south, as well as having nearby interchanges in Palmerton and Bowmanstown.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20163,168[2]−1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 3,173 people, 1,207 households, and 900 families residing in the township. The population density was 150.4 people per square mile (58.1/km²). There were 1,296 housing units at an average density of 61.4/sq mi (23.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.74% White, 0.13% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.44% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

There were 1,207 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 100.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $36,414, and the median income for a family was $40,855. Males had a median income of $32,113 versus $23,654 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,878. About 6.5% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.0% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.


Lower Towamensing Township is governed by a three-member Board of Supervisors, who meet once a month at the township building. The Board of Supervisors serves as the legislative and executive body of the township. As of 2017, the Board of Supervisors consists of Chairman Ronald A. Walbert (term expires 2020), Vice Chairman Brent M. Green (term expires 2018), and Supervisor Bernard "Jesse" Mendez (term expires 2022).[8]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ Fred Brenckman (1913). "Chapter V. Captivity of the Gilbert Family". History of Carbon County Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, PA: Publisher: James J. Nungesser ('gutenberg project' e-reprint). p. 62. ... before the ring of the axe was again heard in the forests, and the curling smoke wreaths ascended from the chimneys of the log cabins of Towamensing, as this whole region was then known. 
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Lower Towamensing township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Board of Supervisors". Lower Towamensing Township. Retrieved October 22, 2017. 
  9. ^ Whelan, Frank (December 28, 2005), "Lower Towamensing house history tied to Civil War ** Elisha G. Marshall, a Union general, called it home in the 1880s.", The Morning Call, pp. B.04 

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