Mount Carbon, Pennsylvania

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Mount Carbon is a borough in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, two miles south of Pottsville. It was formed from North Manheim Township in 1864. The population was 87 at the 2000 census. The borough is the smallest municipality in Schuylkill County. South Centre Street, Main Street, Sherwood Drive and the Mt. Carbon Arch are the only streets of the borough.

Mount Carbon has also had one of the youngest mayors in history, Mayor Jeffrey Dunkel was sworn in as mayor when he was only 18 years old.[1] The borough is considering merger with the City of Pottsville. Merger was shot down by the residents and the borough has been making financial progress since new council took the helm.

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The old Mount Carbon Brewery

It was home for many years to the Mount Carbon Brewery which closed in the late 1970s. D.G. Yuengling & Son bought the rights to use the Mount Carbon (Bavarian) name and label when Mount Carbon Brewery went out of business in 1977. Yuengling initially brewed Mount Carbon for a short time but eventually abandoned it. 7up bottling Co. then took over building for years as a distribution and shipping point.

Transportation

Mount Carbon was the end of the original Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, opened in 1842. Mount Carbon was a very active location along the Canal. The Hotel which was located at the present Pottsville Pizzeria, was rumored to have royalty stay there on their travels.

Geography

Mount Carbon is located at 40°40′21″N 76°11′15″W / 40.6725°N 76.1875°W / 40.6725; -76.1875 (40.672364, -76.187494)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 87 people, 39 households, and 23 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,414.1 people per square mile (559.8/km²). There were 47 housing units at an average density of 763.9/sq mi (302.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 100.00% White.

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