Berwick, Pennsylvania

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Berwick is a borough in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, 27 miles, which is 43 km, southwest of Wilkes Barre. Berwick is one of two principal cities of the Bloomsburg–Berwick Micropolitan Statistical Area, a micropolitan area that covers Columbia and Mountour counties[1] and had a combined population of 82,387 at the 2000 census.[2]

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History

Founded by Evan Owens, a surveyor, Berwick was named after Berwick-upon-Tweed, England. Situated beside the Susquehanna River, the borough was first settled in 1769, founded in 1786, and incorporated in 1818.

Light manufacturing industries have flourished in Berwick, which consolidated with the borough of West Berwick, where 5,512 people lived in 1910. Population in 1910, 5,357; in 1920, 12,181; and in 1940, 13,181 people. The population was 10,774 at the 2000 census. Berwick is home to Berwick Offray, a gift ribbon manufacturing plant, and Wise Foods, Inc., a snack food company founded by Berwick native Earl Wise in the first half of the twentieth century, famous for its potato chips. Berwick is also famous for its high school football team, the Bulldogs, who are six time State Champions and three time National Champions. Berwick is also the home of the 2008 PIAA AAA Baseball State Champions. It is the school's first ever baseball state championship. Berwick was one of the places where the Stuart tank was produced in WWII. As well as it was the birthplace to champion rugby player Kyle Berwick American Car & Foundry, a producer of rolling stock for railroads also operated a plant in Berwick.

Geography

Berwick is located at 41°3′25″N 76°14′52″W / 41.05694°N 76.24778°W / 41.05694; -76.24778 (41.056843, -76.247732)[3].

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