Conyngham, Pennsylvania

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Conyngham is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,958 at the 2000 census.

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History

The Lehigh-Susquehanna Turnpike traveled through the middle of modern-day Main Street in Conyngham and at least one of the tollgates was situated near the village. In 1815 Redmond Conyngham served a term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing Luzerne County, and in 1820 served a term in the State Senate.

Captain Gustavus Conyngham was a cousin of Redmond Conyngham. He was an unsung hero of the Revolution. He commanded a privateer and was the first to carry the American flag into the English Channel.

Conyngham Village was named in honor of Captain Conyngham. As the story has been told,[by whom?] the townspeople suggested naming the village after Redmond Conyngham, but he replied that the town should be named in honor of his cousin, Gustavus.

The Sugarloaf Massacre of September 11, 1780 was one of a series of bloody engagements fought in the frontier of northeastern Pennsylvania between Iroquois and settlers loyal to the cause of American independence. Today, this event is commemorated by a historic monument with a bronze plaque bearing the names of the fifteen men who lost their lives during the massacre.

Geography

Conyngham is located at 40°59′24″N 76°3′42″W / 40.99°N 76.06167°W / 40.99; -76.06167 (40.990051, -76.061655)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,958 people, 793 households, and 574 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,834.8 people per square mile (706.5/km²). There were 817 housing units at an average density of 765.6/sq mi (294.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.40% White, 0.05% African American, 2.25% Asian, and 0.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

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