Lansford, Pennsylvania

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Lansford is a borough in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, located 27 miles (43 km) northwest of Allentown and 9 miles south of Hazleton. Settled in 1845, Lansford was incorporated in 1876. In 1900, 4,888 people lived in Lansford; in 1910, 8,321 people inhabited it, and in 1940, 8,710 residents called Lansford home. The population was 4,230 at the 2000 census. Lansford grew with the development of local anthracite coal mines.

The old No. 9 Mine and Museum in Lansford, a deep mine which operated from 1855 to 1972, is now open as a tourist attraction offering tours of the mine and a wealth of information on local mining history. A museum occupying the mine's former Wash Shanty building on the site displays a large collection of mining artifacts. One of the local mine bosses, John P. Jones, was murdered in Lansford, reportedly in connection with labor union strife, attributed to members of a secret society known as the Molly Maguires, many of whom were put on trial and hanged in Carbon and Schuylkill Counties during the mid- to late 1870's.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.0 km²), all of it land. Lansford is 1 mile north of Summit Hill, and 10 miles west of Lehighton and 5 miles northeast of Tamaqua. Lansford's elevation is 1145 feet above sea level.

Since 1952, Lansford has been home to WLSH 1410 on the AM dial. The call letters stand for Lansford and neighboring Summit Hill.

Ron Hood is the Mayor of Lansford and is assisted by a council. The town also has a fire department, police force, and ambulance corporation.

Lansford is part of the Panther Valley School District and home of their newly remodeled football stadium and walking track.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,230 people, 1,878 households, and 1,098 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,710.0 people per square mile (1,046.9/km²). There were 2,228 housing units at an average density of 1,427.4/sq mi (551.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.18% White, 0.35% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.42% of the population.

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