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Whitehall Township

Whitehall Township is a township in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is a suburb of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state.

When the first European settlers came to the Whitehall area, the Lenape Indians have been living on the banks of the Hokendauqua River. The Europeans and the Lenape Indians came togeather, and had made a deal that how far the Europeans are able to walk in 2 days, that's as much land they will gain. So to gain more land, the Europeans had paid a professional runner to run for them. The runner that had run for them had got as far as what is now Jim Thorpe.[ According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 12.8 square miles, of which, 12.6 square miles of it is land and 0.2 square miles f it (1.80%) is water.

The township was originally created on March 20, 1753 and included what is now North Whitehall and South Whitehall Townships. In 1810, a petition was made to the Northampton County Court to split the township into two portions (at the time, the area now encompassed by Lehigh County was part of Northampton County).The name Whitehall refers to a white hall that was built along the Jordan in the early 1700s as a hunting lodge. The area had a large ruffed grouse population along with numerous white-tail deer, eastern elk, eastern wolves, and black bear. Mountain lions or cougars may have also existed within Whitehall Township at some point in time. Because of the rich biodiversity of the area it became known as the wilderness of Whitehall. Old growth forest consisting of oak, tulip poplar, hickory, black walnut, sugar maple, basswood, American chestnut, American beech, and sycamore covered the entire township.

Whitehall-Coplay School District serves the township, as well as the borough of Coplay. Students in grades 9–12 from both municipalities attend Whitehall High School.

There also are several parochial and private schools within the Township:

 
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