Pillow, Pennsylvania

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Pillow is a borough in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 304 at the 2000 census. It is part of the HarrisburgCarlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Pillow was founded in 1818 by John Snyder, a land developer from Mercer County, as Snydertown (Schneiderstettle). The borough was incorporated as Uniontown on April 20, 1864. When the town got its first post office in 1847, a post office under the name Uniontown already existed. A postal official substituted the name "Pillow" after General Gideon Pillow, who was popular at the time for his victories in the Mexican-American War. Over the next hundred years, the new name slowly took hold, and on November 2, 1965, the residents voted to change the official name of the town to Pillow.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Pillow had numerous industries, including a cotton mill, a burial vault manufacturer, a brickworks, and a potato chip factory. Today, the only major industry is the Codi case factory.

Geography

Pillow is the northernmost town in Dauphin County, located at 40°38′26″N 76°48′12″W / 40.64056°N 76.80333°W / 40.64056; -76.80333 (40.640430, -76.803464)[1]. It is bounded on the west, north, and east by the Mahantango Creek, and on the south by the Mahantango Mountain.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²), all land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 304 people, 131 households, and 93 families residing in the borough. The population density was 634.6 people per square mile (244.5/km²). There were 139 housing units at an average density of 290.1/sq mi (111.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.67% White, and 0.33% from two or more races.

There were 131 households out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.1% were married couples living together, 2.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.75.

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