Breinigsville was named for George Breinig, who settled on a 123-acre (0.50 km2; 0.192 sq mi) tract in the vicinity in 1789. Around 1855, the Allentown Railroad was graded through Breinigsville, but the tracks were never laid. In the 1860s, the Catasauqua and Fogelsville Railroad used the grade to build from Trexlertown, on its main line, into Breinigsville, as part of a branch to serve local limonite (iron ore) mines. These mines had shut down by the end of World War I, and the rails through Breinigsville were removed in the 1940s.
Geography[edit source | edit]
Topography[edit source | edit]
Breinigsville is located at 40°32'12" North, 75°37'53" West (40.5367627, -75.6312997). Elevation is 427 feet (130 m). Schaefer Run flows east through the village into the Little Lehigh Creek.
Economy[edit source | edit]
Throughout the 19th century, the economy of Breinigsville was primarily agriculture and mining. The town is currently home to a number of warehousing and distribution companies. The corporate headquarters of Buckeye Partners is based in Breinigsville.
The town is also the home of a major distribution center for Amazon. The warehouse has been criticized in the local press for dangerous working conditions.
Public education[edit source | edit]
Breinigsville is served educationally by Parkland School District. The district has one high school, Parkland High School (for grades nine through 12), two middle schools Springhouse Middle School and Orefield Middle School (for grades six through eight), and eight elementary schools (for kindergarten through fifth grade), Cetronia Elementary School, Fogelsville Elementary School, Ironton Elementary School, Fred J. Jaindl Elementary School, Kernsville Elementary School, Kratzer Elementary School, Parkway Manor Elementary School, and Schnecksville Elementary School. Elementary students from the Breinigsville area attend Fogelsville or Jaindl while its middle-school students attend Springhouse.
Recreation[edit source | edit]
Terry Hill Waterpark and Campgrounds, a 43-acre (0.17 km2; 0.067 sq mi) waterpark, is located in Breinigsville. As of January 2010, the waterpark was shut down and available for purchase, while the adjacent trailer park remained in operation. According to the waterpark's website, it is scheduled to open in mid-June 2012 for the summer season.
References[edit source | edit]
^Roberts, Charles Rhoads; Rev. John Baer Stoudt, Rev. Thomas H. Krick, William J. Dietrich (1914). History of Lehigh County Pennsylvania and a Genealogical and Biographical Records of its Families1. Lehigh Valley Publishing Company. p. 915.