Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

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Punxsutawney (pronounced /ˌpʌŋksəˈtɔːni/) is a borough in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, United States, 84 miles (135 km) northeast of Pittsburgh. In 1907, Punxsutawney and Claysville boroughs were consolidated and incorporated as Greater Punxsutawney. A high-grade soft coal was mined in the surrounding region. Formerly, the manufacturies included glassworks, foundries, ironworks, machine shops, and planing, flour, feed, and silk mills. In 1900, 6,746 people lived there; in 1910, 9,058; in 1920, 10,311; and in 1940, 9,482 people lived there. The population was 6,271 at the 2000 census.

The area was originally settled by the Delaware Indians and the name "Punxsutawney" derives from a Native American term which translates to "town of the sandflies."

Punxsutawney's most famous resident is Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog said to predict the weather annually on Groundhog Day (February 2). Phil and the town were the basis for the 1993 film Groundhog Day (although nearly all of the movie itself was shot in Woodstock, Illinois).

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Geography

Punxsutawney is located at 40°56′44″N 78°58′31″W / 40.94556°N 78.97528°W / 40.94556; -78.97528 (40.945454, -78.975175)[1], roughly 90 miles northeast of Pittsburgh and 100 miles southeast of Erie.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.9 km²), all of it land. It is bordered on the north, west, and south by Young Township, and on the east by Bell Township.

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