Wyomissing, Pennsylvania

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Wyomissing is a borough in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States, established on July 2, 1906. The population was 8,587 at the 2000 census, but after the January, 2002 merger with neighboring Wyomissing Hills,[1] the combined 2000 Census estimate was 11,155 making it the most populous borough in Berks County[citation needed]. The borough is recognized as a Tree City USA[2] and selected as a "Contender" for the best places to live in Pennsylvania by Money magazine.[3]

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Geography

Wyomissing is located at 40°19′58″N 75°57′53″W / 40.33278°N 75.96472°W / 40.33278; -75.96472 (40.332742, -75.964603).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.9 km²), of which, 3.8 square miles (9.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.52%) is water.

History

1685 to 1906

The original inhabitants of Wyomissing were Lenape (Delaware) Native Americans who lived along the banks of the Wyomissing Creek. The name "Wyomissing" may be from the Delaware language, but the meaning is uncertain.[5] Much of Berks County was transferred from the Native Americans to William Penn in 1685. Title to the land that much of Wyomissing is built upon was in two parcels, an eastern tract and a western tract, which were divided by a northwesterly line in the vicinity of Lake Avenue. One of the earliest industries in the area was the Evans Grist Mill. This building still stands at the corner of Old Mill Road and Old Wyomissing Road.

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