Weissport, Pennsylvania

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Weissport is a borough in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, United States. The town was founded in 1792 by Col. Jacob Weiss.[1] This particular area was located between Lehighton, Parryville and Longrun. Soon after the town itself was established, and the first wooden bridge over the river to the town was built in 1805, along with the first post office, taverns, banks, and stores all by 1812.[2] Also, within the first twenty years this town was established as a vital part of the canal industry. Their vital link was in the restoration, building, and repairing of canal boats along the Lehigh Canal which ran parallel to the Lehigh River. By 1832 Lewis Weiss [3] began building boats for the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company and the Morris Canal & Banking Company.[4][5]

Geography

Weissport is located at 40°49′45″N 75°42′3″W / 40.82917°N 75.70083°W / 40.82917; -75.70083 (40.829105, -75.700817).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²), of which, 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (18.75%) is water.

The town was a central hub during the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Canal era. The town served as the only boat building and repair facility along the Lehigh Canal. Today, the Lehigh Canal Park is a gem of nature and history for residents and visitors alike. The town is one of the cultural and historic resources along the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

Weissport is 2 miles northwest of Parryville and 1 mile southeast of Lehighton.

Weissport's elevation is 630 feet.

Demographics

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 434 people, 176 households, and 107 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,264.5 people per square mile (1,289.0/km²). There were 196 housing units at an average density of 1,474.3/sq mi (582.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.16% White, 0.46% African American, 3.46% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.

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