St. Marys, Pennsylvania

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St. Marys is a city in Elk County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 14,502 at the 2000 census. St. Marys, originally a small, Bavarian Catholic town, is home to Straub Brewery and the first Benedictine convent in the United States. It was founded December 8, 1842. In 1992, the borough of St. Marys absorbed the surrounding township of Benzinger and incorporated as a city[1], though much of the city's area remains wild.

St. Marys lies in the center of Pennsylvania's elk country. It is one of the few places east of the Mississippi River that allows hunting of wild elk. St. Marys is considered an outdoor paradise with local trout streams and state hunting lands inside the city limits.

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Geography

St. Marys is located at 41°26′15″N 78°32′34″W / 41.437600°N 78.542724°W / 41.437600; -78.542724 (41.437600, -78.542724).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 99.5 square miles (257.7 km2), of which 99.3 square miles (257.2 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2) (0.16%) is water. It is at a relatively high elevation of 1,666 ft (508 m) above sea level. Due to its incorporation of Benzinger Township in 1992, it is the second largest city, in land area, in the state, behind Philadelphia[citation needed]. It is also ranked as the 89th largest city on the list of United States cities by area.

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