Strasburg, Pennsylvania

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Strasburg is a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. It developed as a linear village along the Great Conestoga Road, stretching about two miles along path later known as the Strasburg Road.[2] The population was 2,800 at the 2000 census. The town was named by its early settlers in memory of the city in Alsace from which they had come. The town is often called "Train Town USA" because of the many railroad attractions in and around town, including the Strasburg Rail Road and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Much of the movie Witness was filmed on a farm nearby.

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History

The Old Conestoga Road was in use by 1714, and by 1750 a tavern and some log houses were built near the current site of Strasburg. Strasburg grew as the trade over the road with Philadelphia grew. By 1759, there were 32 taxable properties in the town, including about ten hotels. Many early settlers were Swiss or German Mennonites and several church congregations of various faiths formed during the 1760s. The first church was built 1807 by Methodists.[3]

Geography

Strasburg is located at 39°58′56″N 76°10′58″W / 39.98222°N 76.18278°W / 39.98222; -76.18278 (39.982300, -76.182713)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,800 people, 1,110 households, and 798 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,714.1 people per square mile (1,049.6/km²). There were 1,135 housing units at an average density of 1,100.2/sq mi (425.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.64% White, 0.57% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

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