Macungie, Pennsylvania

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Macungie is a borough in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is the second oldest borough in the county[1] and a suburb of Allentown, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley region of the state.


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History

Macungie was founded as Millerstown in 1776 by Peter Miller.[1] On November 15, 1857, the village of Millerstown was incorporated as a borough. In 1875, the borough was renamed Macungie to avoid confusion with another town by the same name, that of Millerstown in Perry County.[1]

Macungie is derived from "Maguntsche," a place name used as early as 1730[2] to describe the region that is now present-day Macungie and Emmaus. "Maguntsche" is a Lenape word, meaning either "bear swamp"[1] or "feeding place of the Bears."[2] The borough's current seal depicts a bear coming to drink at water near some cattails.[3]

Other names (and alternate spellings) for Macungie have included Kunshi, Kunski, Maccongy, Machk-unschi, Machts, Machts Kunski, Macongy, Macungy, Macunjy and Mauck-Kuntshy.

Geography

Macungie is located at 40°30′50″N 75°33′9″W / 40.51389°N 75.5525°W / 40.51389; -75.5525 (40.513945, -75.552491)[4].

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