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Swiftwater, Pennsylvania

Coordinates: 41°05′43″N 75°19′30″W / 41.09528°N 75.32500°W / 41.09528; -75.32500
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Swiftwater, Pennsylvania
Unincorporated community
Swiftwater is located in Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°05′43″N 75°19′30″W / 41.09528°N 75.32500°W / 41.09528; -75.32500
CountryUnited States
1,184 ft (361 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)570 and 272
GNIS feature ID1189185[1]

Swiftwater is an unincorporated community that is located in Pocono Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, United States.[2]


In 1897, Richard Slee created the Pocono Biological Laboratories in Swiftwater.[3]

Swiftwater is currently the home of the Pocono Cheesecake Factory that is located on SR 611.[citation needed] It is also home to the biggest flu vaccine plant in the United States.[4]


The community is located within the Paradise Creek Watershed. Upper Swiftwater creek is designated by the PA DEP as exceptional value waters (EV).[5] The community of Swiftwater is located within and around unique topographic features in the Poconos, which encompass the Pocono Plateau Escarpment.

Land use consists of 70% forested land, 14% low density residential, 13.6% agricultural lands and approximately 2.4% wetlands.[5] The acres of forested land are near State Game Lands, an important bird area, which support beaver, raccoon, gray, fox, coyote, mink, and Snowshoe Hares.[6]


  1. ^ "Swiftwater". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Swiftwater, Pennsylvania
  3. ^ "After 229 years, Swiftwater Inn to close its doors for good". Pocono Record. May 13, 2007. Retrieved October 31, 2009. In the 1890s, a Brooklyn man suffering from cholera came to the Poconos and bedded down at the Swiftwater Inn to recover. There he met, fell in love with and married the innkeeper's daughter. He married well. His wife had inherited a large sum of money and some land across from the inn. The man, a physician, recovered. As a bacteriolologist, he used the land to open a lab, Pocono Biological Laboratories.
  4. ^ "New and Old Ways to Make Flu Vaccines". National Public Radio. November 8, 2007. Retrieved October 31, 2009. Today in Your Health, new and old ways to make vaccines. If you've gotten your annual flu shot, chances are it was manufactured in a small Pennsylvania town called Swiftwater. That's home to the biggest flu vaccine plant in the country.
  5. ^ a b Swiftwater Creek Monroe County Water Quality Standards Review
  6. ^ State Game Lands No 038, Monroe County