Gap, Pennsylvania

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Gap is a census-designated place and town in Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with a zip code of 17527. The population was 1,611 at the 2000 census. It is the terminus for four Pennsylvania highways: 772, 741, 897, and the heavily-used 41, which goes toward Wilmington, DE.


General information


Gap has a history which can be dated as far back as William Penn's first visits to the area. Isaac Taylor erected the first house in what would become the Gap in 1747.[1] The area around Gap had a copper mine and what at the time was the only nickel mines in the United States.[2]

A stretch of railroad line was laid through areas of Sadsbury Township and Salisbury Township, which portions of each township share the Gap ZIP code (17527) and the town name of Gap.


Pequea Avenue is among the most heavily-traveled roads in Gap. The Gap Fire Co. is located along this street. Gap Fire Company. The fire company was originally located atop Pequea Avenue by their water refilling area. The original fire house was renovated into a home that is leased out. A new facility was built to house all of the rescue trucks. the fire house is also used to host many fundraisers and civic gatherings. Up the street another block is a very historic building which was used for the Pequea Feeds Company. The building is located directly next to the Gap Railroad station. About another block away you would find the previous home of community radio station WLRI 92.9 "WLRI 93FM". Until July 2008 WLRI Studios were used to broadcast local news, weather and traffic information.

Pennsylvania Route 41 connects central Gap to Newport, Delaware and begins a block east of Pequea Avenue at the intersection of US 30, also known as the Lincoln Highway. PA 41 is the highway that connects the North to the South. It is a very relied-on route for commercial transporters who do not want to travel out to Philadelphia's bridges to deliver goods to the Northern states. In 1997 a study was conducted which said that PA 41 is the 3rd most deadly highway in the United States.[citation needed] Following a PennDOT conducted survey, improvements have been planned starting in 2014.

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