Swiftwater, Pennsylvania

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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; -75.32500Coordinates: 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 in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, United States.[2]

The community is located within the Paradise Creek Watershed. Upper Swiftwater creek is designated by the PA DEP as exceptional value waters (EV).[3] 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.[4] The acres of forested land are nearby to State Game Lands, an important bird area, which support beaver, raccoon, gray, fox, coyote, and mink, and Snow Shoe Hares.[5]

In 1897 Richard Slee created the Pocono Biological Laboratories in Swiftwater.[6] Swiftwater is home to the biggest flu vaccine plant in the United States.[7]

Swiftwater is also the home of the Pocono Cheesecake Factory, located on SR 611.


  1. ^ "Swiftwater". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Swiftwater, Pennsylvania
  3. ^ https://files.dep.state.pa.us/PublicParticipation/Public%20Participation%20Center/PubPartCenterPortalFiles/Environmental%20Quality%20Board/2017/August%2015/7-535_SRFinal/05D_Stream_Report_Swiftwater_Creek.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  4. ^ https://files.dep.state.pa.us/PublicParticipation/Public%20Participation%20Center/PubPartCenterPortalFiles/Environmental%20Quality%20Board/2017/August%2015/7-535_SRFinal/05D_Stream_Report_Swiftwater_Creek.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  5. ^ https://www.pgc.pa.gov/HuntTrap/StateGameLands/Documents/SGL%20Maps/SGL__038.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ "After 229 years, Swiftwater Inn to close its doors for good". Pocono Record. May 13, 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 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.
  7. ^ "New and Old Ways to Make Flu Vaccines". National Public Radio. November 8, 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 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.