Benner Township, Pennsylvania

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Benner Township is a township in Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the State College, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located approximately at 40°54′48″N 77°45′53″W / 40.91333°N 77.76472°W / 40.91333; -77.76472 (40.9134, -77.7648)[1] along Buffalo Run Road (Pennsylvania Route 550), near Bellefonte.

The population was 5,217 at the 2000 census.

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History

Benner Township was settled in 1793 with the establishment of an iron furnace. It is named for General Phillip Benner who built the furnace along Spring Creek near the settlement of Rock. Benner built a nail mill and slitting mill in the area as well.[2]

Buffalo were seen in the area as late as 1769. Other wild game that inhabited the area prior to settlement were bears, gray wolves and cougars. It is noted that these three animals were so abundant in the area that men dared not venture into the woods after dark.[2]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 28.5 square miles (73.8 km²), all of it land.

Benner Township is bordered by Spring Township to the northeast, College Township to the south, Patton Township to the southwest and Union Township to the northwest.

Demographics

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