Wyalusing, Pennsylvania

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Wyalusing, Pennsylvania
—  Borough  —
Map of Bradford County with Wyalusing highlighted
Wyalusing, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Wyalusing, Pennsylvania
Map of Bradford County with Wyalusing highlighted
Coordinates: 41°40′03″N 76°15′48″W / 41.6675°N 76.26333°W / 41.6675; -76.26333Coordinates: 41°40′03″N 76°15′48″W / 41.6675°N 76.26333°W / 41.6675; -76.26333
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyBradford
Area
 • Total0.9 sq mi (2.2 km2)
Elevation705 ft (215 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total564
 • Density706.0/sq mi (272.2/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s)570
 
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Wyalusing, Pennsylvania
—  Borough  —
Map of Bradford County with Wyalusing highlighted
Wyalusing, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Wyalusing, Pennsylvania
Map of Bradford County with Wyalusing highlighted
Coordinates: 41°40′03″N 76°15′48″W / 41.6675°N 76.26333°W / 41.6675; -76.26333Coordinates: 41°40′03″N 76°15′48″W / 41.6675°N 76.26333°W / 41.6675; -76.26333
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyBradford
Area
 • Total0.9 sq mi (2.2 km2)
Elevation705 ft (215 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total564
 • Density706.0/sq mi (272.2/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s)570

Wyalusing is a borough in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 564 at the 2000 census.

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History

Downtown Wylausing in July 2012

The history of Wyalusing dates back centuries and was originally known as M'chwihilusing. Before 1750 the settlement was known as Gahontoto and was home to the native American tribe the Tehotachsee. This small tribe would eventually be completely wiped out by the Cayuga tribe. In 1792 the chief of the Cayugas and about 20 other families rebuilt the town.[1] In the 19th century is when the town really began to prosper with Wyalusing becoming a shipping area for logs and other items on the Susquehanna River. In 1820 the construction of the Welles Mill along the Wyalusing Creek made Wyalusing a prime area for people to farm and raise crops.[1] In 1887 Wyalusing officially became a borough of Pennsylvania.[1] Many of the buildings were built in the late 19th century and early 1920s still are part of Main Street today.

Cargill meat packing plant, Wyalusing

Wyalusing is also home to one of the biggest beef processing plants on the east coast. Cargill regional beef Wyalusing is located just a couple miles outside of town. This plant was originally started in the late 1970s by the local Taylor family as a small local meat processing plant. It eventually grew into a multi million dollar business that employs over 1200 people from the surrounding area. Cargill is one of the biggest suppliers of ground beef to large grocery chains such as Wegmans, Giant, Shop Rite and more. In 2005 the Taylor family sold the business to the Cargill corporation which is one of the largest privately owned companies in the United States.

The Wyalusing Path or trail was a historical trace that ran from what is now Wyalusing to the Native American village of Canaserage (what is now Muncy) in Pennsylvania in the United States.

Geography

Wyalusing is located at 41°40′3″N 76°15′48″W / 41.6675°N 76.26333°W / 41.6675; -76.26333 (41.667407, -76.263375)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), of which, 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (5.88%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 564 people, 264 households, and 145 families residing in the borough. The population density was 706.0 people per square mile (272.2/km²). There were 280 housing units at an average density of 350.5 per square mile (135.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.40% White, 0.35% African American, 0.89% Native American, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.

There were 264 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.7% were non-families. 39.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the borough the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 25.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 78.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $30,625, and the median income for a family was $41,429. Males had a median income of $33,393 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $27,229. About 4.9% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 24.2% of those age 65 or over.

Attractions

Wyalusing Valley Motorsports Park is located just outside the town on the Howard Family Farm in Homets Ferry.

Education

Newspaper

Wyalusing is also home to The Rocket Courier founded in 1887, is a newspaper that is printed once a week. The Rocket Courier covers the surrounding Wyalusing area, as well local towns nearby. The Rocket is locally owned by editor Dave Keeler. The Rocket is printed in Wyalusing and puts out a new issue every Thursday morning.[1]

Winery

Wyalusing recently opened a new winery. The Grovedale Winery is its name. The winery is also home to one of the biggest wineries in Northeast Pennsylvania known as the Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival. This festival offers wine tasting food and dancing with over thirteen wineries from Northeast Pennsylvania attending.

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