Kidder Township, Pennsylvania

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Kidder Township is a township in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,185 at the 2000 census.



On October 10, 1888 a train wreck known as the Mud Run Disaster occurred on the Lehigh Valley Railroad which runs through the township, 66 people were killed, most members of the Total Abstinence Union returning from a rally.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 69.8 square miles (180.7 km²), of which, 69.0 square miles (178.7 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²) of it (1.12%) is water. It is drained by the Lehigh River, which separates it from Luzerne County. Its villages include Albrightsville (also in Penn Forest Township,) Hickory Run, Lake Harmony, Lehigh Tannery, Leonardsville/Pocono Mountain Lake Estates, and Split Rock.

Kidder's numbered roads include Interstate 80 and the parallel Route 940 east-to-west and Interstate 476, which is north-to-south and has the Pocono Interchange in the township with the former two. Route 903 crosses the SE portion of Kidder on its way between Jim Thorpe and Route 115 just beyond the Monroe County line. Route 534 intersects 903 in Albrightsville and proceeds NW to meet 80 and 940. Kidder has one more important road, which connects 534 and 940 via Lake Harmony and Split Rock. The portion between Split Rock and 940, Mosey Wood Road, is a private toll road operated by Vacation Charters Limited, and the portion south to 903 is Lake Drive. [1]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,185 people, 498 households, and 347 families residing in the township. The population density was 17.2 people per square mile (6.6/km²). There were 2,197 housing units at an average density of 31.8/sq mi (12.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 93.25% White, 2.36% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 1.35% from other races, and 2.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.56% of the population.

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