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Williamsport (Images of Modern America)


Williamsport (Images of Modern America) by Dana Borick Brigandi

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Once known as “the Lumber Capital of the World,” Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is more than its lumber heritage. It is an artistic and cultural hub enjoying a revitalization, much of which is due to the discovery of Marcellus Shale and the gas industry. As the birthplace of Little League Baseball, Williamsport boasts an award-winning school district and public library, two nationally ranked colleges, and several landmarks listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Businesses like the Grit newspaper and Shop-Vac have been at the forefront of major industries, including aircraft engines, railroad transport, and manufacturing. A new generation of business owners is changing the downtown landscape through public art, community events, and cultural activities. No matter what challenges residents face, they are dedicated to preserving and advancing the city they call home.