Sunbury, Pennsylvania

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Sunbury (pronounced /ˈsʌnbɛri/ "sunberry") is a city in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States. The city is located on the east bank of the Susquehanna River, just downstream of the confluence of its east and west branches. The population was 10,610 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Northumberland County.[2]



Sunbury's origins date to 1772. It was named after an English village near London. Located at the site of the former Fort Augusta, Sunbury was incorporated as a borough on March 24, 1797, and as a city on December 29, 1920.

Thomas Edison installed the first successful three-wire electric lighting system in July 1883 at what was then known as the City Hotel. In honor of the event, the hotel was renamed the Edison Hotel.[3]


Sunbury is located at 40°51′50″N 76°47′21″W / 40.86389°N 76.78917°W / 40.86389; -76.78917 (40.863894, -76.789174).[4]

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