Pennsylvania: Lycoming County

Lycoming County (pop. 116,111) is west of Sullivan County. It is the only Lycoming County in the U.S., and is Pennsylvania’s largest county in land area.

Larger than Rhode Island

The county seat of Lycoming County is the city of Williamsport (pop. 29,385), which is best known as the birthplace of Little League Baseball (in 1939) and the home of the Little League World Series (since 1947).

Games are actually played in South Williamsport.

Williamsport was a very prosperous city in the late 19th century, thanks to the lumber industry. It reportedly had more millionaires per capital than any other city in the world.

Homes on “Millionaires Row”

The athletic teams at Williamsport High School are known as the Millionaires.

The Community Arts Center in Williamsport opened in 1928 as the Capitol Theatre. It was restored in 1993.

More than 2,100 seats

Lycoming College, in Williamsport, is a liberal arts college with about 1,400 students. It was founded in 1812 as the Williamsport Academy for the Education of Youth in the English and Other Languages.

Affiliated with United Methodist Church

The former U.S. Post Office (1891) is now Williamsport City Hall.

The former City Hall (1894) is now the City Hall Grand Hotel.

Not the same building

The 11-story Genetti Hotel was built in 1921 as the Lycoming Hotel. It is still open as a hotel.

Easy walk to the Susquehanna River

The Williamsport Crosscutters, affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies in the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League, play at Bowman Field (1926), second-oldest minor league ballpark in the U.S.

Now officially known as BB&T Ballpark

The weekly newspaper “Grit” was founded in Williamsport in 1882. In the first half of the 20th century, it was very popular in rural areas through much of the U.S., with a circulation of more than 400,000.

Moved to Topeka in 1992

Lycoming County has a community called Jersey Shore (pop. 4,361), on the West Branch Susquehanna River. Its founding family came from New Jersey.

Near the Lycoming Mall in the borough of Muncy (pop. 2,477) is a 90-foot steel sculpture known as the Hadany Arch. It was built by sculptor Israel Hadany in 1977.

Over the entrance road

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Indiana: Warren County

Warren County (pop. 8,508) is west of Tippecanoe County. It borders Illinois on the west; the Wabash River separates it from Fountain County on southeast.

Indiana’s third-smallest county in population, it reached its peak of population (11,497) in 1880. The county had a famous resort hotel called the Mudlavia, from 1890 to 1920.

It’s one of 14 Warren counties in the U.S., all named for Gen. Joseph Warren (1741-1775), who died in the Battle of Bunker Hill.

The county seat of Warren County is the town of Williamsport (pop. 1,898).

Warren County Courthouse (1908)

The 90-foot Williamsport Falls, the highest waterfall in Indiana, is in Williamsport.

Fall Creek goes over a sandstone ledge.

James Franklin Hanly (1863-1920), governor of Indiana from 1905 to 1909, practiced law in Williamsport for many years. He ran for president on the Prohibition Party in 1916.

Buried in Williamsport

The town of State Line City (pop. 143) is adjacent to the community of Illiana, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln gave a speech in State Line City in 1861, on his way from Springfield, Illinois, to Washington, D.C.

Commemorative marker

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