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"Please allow some counties in Pennsylvania to introduce themselves and see if you can figure out their names from a few clues that they give."
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I am the most populous county in Pennsylvania and since 1951 have become fully merged with the major city within my borders. I was one of the original three Pennsylvania counties created by William Penn in 1683. Some popular tourist destinations within my borders include the USS Olympia, Independence Hall, and the home of Betsy Ross.
Although I am usually considered a rural county due to my many farms, I actually have almost as many people as the entire state of Wyoming. Many "plain people" such as Amish and Mennonites call me home. My county seat, which shares my name, was briefly the capital of the United States of America in 1777. The Susquehanna River forms my western boundary.
I've been in the news a lot during the 21st Century. In 2001, I was the site the Flight 93 crash where American civilians made a heroic stand against terrorism. In 2002 I was the site of one of the most famous mine rescues in American history when nine trapped coal miners were rescued from the Quecreek Mine. I am also the site of the Exelon-Community Energy Wind Farms, one of the largest electric generation windmill farms in the state which is visible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
I'm a county in east central Pennsylvania known as a major food producer and that's no baloney. Despite my peaceful appearance, I share my name with a war torn country. I was the birthplace of NFL quarterbacks Kerry Collins and Frank Reich and my county seat spent some time as David Letterman's "Home Office" for his Top Ten Lists.
I was named after a French-born Continental Army general. I was the birthplace of World War II hero General George Marshall. The first two battles of the French and Indian War were fought on my soil. The British troops were led by a 23 year old Lt. Colonel named George Washington. I am also the home of Fallingwater, an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
I was named after a city and county in northern England. My unofficial symbol is a white rose because I also share my name with one of the competing dynasties during the Wars of the Roses. The Continental Congress met in my county seat after it fled the British occupation of Philadelphia and the Articles of Confederation were drafted here. Today, I am well known for producing Harley Davidson motorcycles.
I was formed in 1800 and am the only county in Pennsylvania to touch one of the Great Lakes. Don't be spooked by my name, it comes from a tribe of Native Americans. I am well known today for my lake effect snowfall, my numerous wineries, and for being a major center for the manufacture of locomotives.
As you may infer by my name, I am a rural county. In fact, I am the least populous county in Pennsylvania. Let me tell you about my family tree. I was created on April 11, 1848 from the part of Jefferson County. I am somewhat famous for the fact that I do not have a single traffic light within my borders.
I share my name with a state. I am known as the "Christmas Tree Capital of the World" even thought I no longer produce the most trees. A statue of Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart, my most famous son, stands in front of my court house. Other natives include sportscaster John Buccigross as well as Samuel Martin Kier, the father of the American oil refining industry.
I was named after a President of the United States and signer of the Declaration of Independence. The largest and bloodiest battle of the Civil War was fought on my soil. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie retired here when they left the White House in 1961.
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