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Macungie

Macungie is a borough in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in theUnited States. It is the second oldest borough in the countyand a suburb of Allentown, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state.

Macungie was founded as Millerstown in 1776 by Peter Miller. On November 15, 1857, the village of Millerstown was incorporated as a borough.

During Fries’s Rebellion in 1800, the U.S. Marshal began arresting people for tax resistance and arrests were made without much incident until the marshal reached Millerstown, where a crowd formed to protect a man from arrest. Failing to make that arrest, the marshal made a few others and returned to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with his prisoners. Two separate groups of rebels independently vowed to liberate the prisoners, and marched on Bethlehem. The militia prevailed and John Fries, leader of the rebellion, and others were arrested.

In 1875, the borough was renamed Macungie to avoid confusion with another town by the same name, that of Millerstown in Perry County. Macungie lies in the eastern part of the historic Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

Macungie is derived from "Maguntsche," a place name used as early as 1730 to describe the region that is now present-day Macungie and Emmaus. "Maguntsche" is a Lenape word, meaning either "bear swamp"or "feeding place of the Bears." The borough's current seal depicts a bear coming to drink at water near some cattails.

Other names (and alternate spellings) for Macungie have included Kunshi, Kunski, Maccongy, Machk-unschi, Machts, Machts Kunski, Macongy, Macungy, Macunjy and Mauck-Kuntshy.

The Valentine Weaver House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Macungie is the headquarters for the Allen Organ Company, a global manufacturer and distributor of organs. The primary manufacturing facility of Mack Trucks is located in neighboring Lower Macungie Township.

As of 2010 census, the borough was (92.%) White, (.017%) African American, (.0016%) Native American, (.018%) Asian, (.021%) from other races, and (.019%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were (.052%) of the population. There are 1,647 Females (53.5%) and 1,427 Males (46.4%) with most of the population of 552 (17.9%) under 18 and 2,522 (82%) 18 and over. Ages 50-64 is the highest group 664 (21.6%) followed by 35-49 with 592 (19.2%), then 65 & over with 506 (16.4%), then 25-34 with 480 (15.6%) and finally 20-24 with 208 (.067%).

The Borough is served by the East Penn School District.

More information is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macungie,_Pennsylvania
and the borough’s official website at www.macungie.pa.us/

 

Borough Office: 21 Locust Street, Macungie, 610-966-2503

 

 
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