Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania

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Marcus Hook is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population peaked in the 1920s with 5,324 inhabitants. 2,314 inhabitants were counted at the recent 2000 census. Marcus Hook's current mayor is James Schiliro. The borough calls itself "The Cornerstone of Pennsylvania". The 2005 Film One Last Thing... was set and partially filmed in Marcus Hook.



In early times, Marcus Hook was a major Lenape settlement that became a New Sweden trading post in the 1640s. Called "Chammassungh" or "Finland", it was on the west side of the Delaware River, between Marcus Hook and the mouth of Naaman's Creek. The settlement was renamed "Marrites Hoeck" after the Dutch conquered the area in 1655. Small ship construction and fishing were its early industries. Later, Marcus Hook became a resort and amusement center. The borough was officially incorporated on March 7, 1892. The convergence of rail, roads, a deep water port, and the nation's growing thirst for petroleum gave rise to the refineries that became the borough's dominant industry.[1][2]


Marcus Hook is located at 39°49′6″N 75°24′56″W / 39.81833°N 75.41556°W / 39.81833; -75.41556 (39.818212, -75.415561)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (30.86%) is water. The lowest point in the state of Pennsylvania is located on the Delaware River in Marcus Hook, where it flows out of Pennsylvania and into Delaware.

Educational system

Marcus Hook is a part of Chichester School District. Children within the borough usually attend Marcus Hook Elementary School (Grades K-4), Chichester Middle School (Grades 5-8), or Chichester High School (Grades 9-12).

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