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State of Pennsylvania

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Nicknames Keystone State
Quaker State
Coal State
Oil State
State of Independence
Motto Virtue, Liberty
and Independence
Spoken languages English 91.6%
Spanish 3.1%
Pennsylvania Dutch
Demonym Pennsylvanian
Capital Harrisburg
Largest city Philadelphia
Largest metro area Delaware Valley
Area Ranked 33rd in the US
- Total 46,055 sq mi
- Width 280 miles
- Length 160 miles
- % water 2.7
Population - Total 12,702,379 (2010)
  Ranked 6th in the US
- Density 283.9/sq mi
  Ranked 11th in the US
- Median income $48,562 (26th)
Elevation - Highest point:
  Mount Davis 3,213 ft
- Mean 1,099 ft
- Lowest point:
  Delaware River 0 ft
Before statehood Province of Pennsylvania
Admission to Union December 12, 1787 (2nd)
Website http://www.pa.gov

State Symbols

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TreeHemlock
BirdRuffed grouse
FlowerMountain Laurel
InsectPennsylvania Firefly
AnimalWhite-tailed deer
DogGreat Dane
FishBrook Trout
Fossilthe trilobite
BeverageMilk
SongPennsylvania
DancePolka
ToySlinky
ShipUnited States Brig Niagara
Electric
locomotive
Pennsylvania Railroad
GG1 #4849 Locomotive
Steam
locomotive
Pennsylvania Railroad
K4s Locomotive
Beautification
plant
Crown vetch
SoilHazleton

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a U.S state that is located in the Northeastern and Middle Atlantic regions of the United States. The state borders Delaware and Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, New York and Ontario, Canada, to the north, and New Jersey to the east. The state's four most populous cities are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie. The state capital is Harrisburg, and Pennsylvania has 51 miles (82 km) of coastline along Lake Erie and 57 miles (92 km) of shoreline along the Delaware Estuary.

Silly Joke

Ellie: How long does it take to drive from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh?
Tom: About six hours.
Ellie: How long does it take to drive from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia?
Tom: The same time, silly.
Ellie: It's not so silly. Monday to Friday is longer than Friday to Monday!

Theme Elements

If Pennsylvania is famous for one thing, it's the Philly Cheesestake. Just kidding... That's what Philly is famous for! But Pennsylvania is the setting for the largest battle ever fought on the North American continent at the little, unlikely town called Gettysburg. During the American Civil War, hundreds of thousands of soldiers fought and died during those three days, and you'll find monuments a plenty in recognition of the people who fought there. The photo in the lower-right corner of the page was taken during a visit while I was thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail (which comes to within a dozen or so miles of the battlefield), and I tried to copy the pose of the statue with my hiking gear.

Pennsylvania also played a huge part during the American Revolution. Philadelphia was once the capitol of our little fledgling democracy, and what is now known as Independence Hall was where we voted for an independent country—with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That's the photo in the lower left corner of the page—Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area!

The photo that spans the titlebar was provided by Ralph Spoilsport of the Susquehanna River. When I needed a photo, he was the first person I asked because he had already created his own Pennsylvania theme years before I got to the state myself! Clearly, such a big fan of Pennsylvania would have a lot of Pennsylvania photos readily available! There are certainly quite a few nice ones on his take for Pennsylvania!

Members

Now, time for a quick shout out to everyone on Atlas Quest from this state!

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Letterboxing Cities

And, here are all of the cities in Pennsylvania we've hit with letterboxes!

State Mysteries (263) Adams County Berks County (25) Bradford County Bucks Bucks County (66) Carbon County (4) Centre County (29) Chester County (17) Clarion County Clinton County (4) Columbia County Cumberland County (5) Dauphin County (19) Delaware County (12) Franklin County (4) Huntingdon County (2) Lackawanna County (2) Lancaster County (18) Lawrence County Lebanon County (50) Lehigh County (15) Luzerne County (2) Mercer County Mifflin County (2) Monroe County (5) Montgomery County (46) Northampton County (12) Perry County (5) Philadelphia County (3) Pike County (4) Potter County (2) Schuylkill County (30) Sullivan County Susquehanna County Tioga County Union County Warren County (2) Wayne County (2) Westmoreland County Wyoming County York County (18) Abington (4) Academia Adamstown (3) Airville (9) Akron Albrightsville Alburtis (22) Alexandria Aliquippa (4) Allentown (126) Altoona (23) Alum Bank Ambler (2) Analomink Andreas (4) Angelica Annville (23) Ansonia (2) Antique Row Apollo (3) Applebachsville (11) Archbald (2) Ardsley Arendtsville (2) Ashland (3) Atglen (2) Athens (9) Auburn Audubon (20) Austin (2) Avondale Bangor Bangor (4) Barnesville (33) Bath Bear Creek (2) Bear Creek Township Bear Creek Township (5) Bear Gap (2) Beartown Beaver (2) Beaver Falls (13) Beaver Valley Bedford (3) Bedminster (3) Bellefonte Bellefonte (12) Belleville Bensalem (16) Bentley Creek Bernville (4) Berwick Bethel Bethel (2) Bethel Park Bethlehem (2) Bethlehem (16) Biglerville (13) Bird in Hand Birdsboro (19) Blacklick Blackwell Blain (5) Blairsville (3) Blairsville Blakeslee (4) Blooming Grove Blooming Grove Township Blue Ball Blue Bell (4) Boalsburg (7) Boiling Springs (12) Boswell Bowers Bowmansdale (4) Bowmanstown (2) Boyertown (3) Brackenridge Brackney (4) Bradford (2) Breezewood Breinigsville Brentwood Brickerville (15) Bridge Valley Brighton (4) Brinkerton Bristol (5) Brittains Corner (2) Broad Top City (4) Brookhaven Broomall (3) Bryn Mawr (7) Buckingham (2) Bucktoe (2) Buena Vista Bushkill (20) Butler California (2) Cammal (2) Camp Hill (3) Campbelltown Canadensis Canoe Creek Canonsburg Canton Carlisle (2) Carlisle (55) Carlisle (2) Carroll Catasauqua (2) Catawissa Cementon (4) Center Bridge Center City (3) Center Valley (9) Central Centralia (3) Centre Hall Cetronia (2) Chadds Ford (4) Chalfont (2) Chambersburg (22) Charleroi Charlestown Chester Chester Springs (4) Chestnut Hill (2) Churchtown Churchville (2) Clarendon (3) Clarion (2) Clay Claysville Clearfield (4) Cleona (2) Clyde Coaldale Coatesville Coatesville (20) Coburn (12) Cochranville Codorus Township Cogan Station Cold Run (6) Colebrook (41) Collegeville (14) Colmar (2) Columbia (8) Conestoga Cooksburg (9) Coopersburg Coplay (2) Cornwall (11) Corry Coudersport (3) Cranberry Cranberry Cranberry Township (2) Creamery Crown Croydon Dallastown (2) Dallastown (2) Dalton Danielsville Danville (2) Dauphin (11) Deer Lake Delaware Water Gap Delaware Water Gap (6) Denver (13) Devault (4) Dillsburg (60) Dimock Dingmans Ferry (13) Dormont Dorseyville Douglassville (3) Dover (5) Downingtown Downingtown (11) Doylestown (198) Drehersville Drumore (4) Drums (7) Dubois (2) Duboistown Duncannon (12) Dunmore (2) Dupont Dushore Eagle (3) Eagles Mere (9) Eagleville East Berlin (2) East Coventry East Earl East Hanover (4) East Hanover (3) East Hanover Township (3) East Manchester East Pennsboro Twp East Petersburg East Stroudsburg East Texas East Vandergrift East Whiteland Easton (17) Eckville (4) Edenburg (2) Edinboro (3) Egypt (5) Eighty Four (2) Elephant (6) Elimsport Elizabethtown (20) Elizabethville Ellwood City (2) Elverson Elverson (51) Elysburg (8) Emigsville (2) Emlenton (3) Emmaus Emmaus (52) Enola (4) Enon Valley Entriken (2) Ephrata (6) Equinunk (5) Erbs Mill Erie (3) Erie (83) Erwinna (10) Essington Exton (4) Fairfield Fairmount Park Fairmount Park Fairview Falls Township Fannettsburg Farmington Fayetteville (2) Fayetteville (10) Feasterville-Trevose Felton (3) Ferndale (3) Fisherdale Fishertown (2) Fisherville Fishtown Fivepointville Flourtown (3) Fogelsville Fombell (15) Ford City Forest Hills (2) Forest Lake Forksville (4) Fort Indiantown Gap (17) Fort Loudon (6) Fort Loudon (5) Fort Loudon Fort Washington (14) Fountain Hill (6) Fox Chapel Franconia (7) Frankfort Springs Franklin Forks (7) Fredericksburg (38) Freeport (2) Friedens Somerset Area Friendsville Gallitzin Gardners (8) Gardners (5) Garnet Valley (4) Geigertown Germans Germansville (5) Gettysburg (28) Gibraltar Gibsonia (2) Gilbertsville Girard (7) Gladwyne (2) Glen Mills (16) Glen Rock (9) Glenmoore (9) Glenside (2) Gouldsboro Graceton Grantville (55) Grantville (87) Graysville Great Bend (6) Green Hills (2) Green Lane (69) Greencastle (4) Greene Greensburg (10) Greentown (17) Greenville Greenwood Furnace Haines (10) Halifax (6) Hallam Hamburg Hamburg (20) Haneyville (3) Hanover (35) Harborcreek Harford Harlem Harleysville Harmony (6) Harrisburg (138) Harrisville Harrow (9) Hartsville Hatfield Haverford Havertown (8) Hawley (4) Haycock Run Haycock Township (10) Hazleton Hazleton (2) Helen Furnace Hellertown (2) Hendersonville Hendricks Hepburnville (2) Hermitage (7) Hershey (32) Heshbon Hetlerville Hickory Run (19) Highspire (2) Hillsgrove (5) Hilltown (2) Hollidaysburg (3) Holtwood (4) Homer City Honesdale Hookstown (10) Hopewell Twp (7) Horsham (13) Howard (6) Hughesville (3) Hummelstown (62) Hunlock Creek Huntingdon (3) Huntingdon Valley (7) Hyde Park (2) Hynemansville Hyner (2) Independence Twp Indian Mountain Lake (5) Indiana (5) Ingleby (2) Intercourse (2) Irwin Twp Jacobus (53) James Creek Jamison Jenkintown (2) Jersey Shore (2) Jim Thorpe (6) Johnstown (2) Jonestown (10) Jonestown (23) Jordan Hollow Kane (10) Kemblesville (3) Kempton (3) Kempton Kennett Square (5) Kimberton (3) King of Prussia King of Prussia (19) Kintnersville (2) Kinzers (2) Kirby Kleinfeltersville (8) Knauertown Knox (3) Kratz Kresgeville Kutztown (5) Lackawana Lackawaxen Lafayette Hill (2) Lahaska Lake Ariel (10) Lake City Lancaster (3) Lancaster (22) Landenberg (2) Lanesboro (7) Langhorne (7) Lansdale (8) Lansford (3) Laporte (2) Laurys Station Lawn (4) Lawnton Swatara Township Lawrenceville (3) Leather Corner Post Lebanon (88) Lederach Lehigh Township (5) Lehigh Valley (12) Lehighton Lemont (4) Lemoyne (2) Lenhartsville (11) Lenoxville Leola Leonardsville Levittown (3) Lewisberry (9) Lewisburg (14) Lewistown (3) Lickdale (36) Limerick (2) Limestoneville Linesville Linglestown (14) Linwood Lititz Lititz (9) Liverpool Lock Haven Loganville London Long Pond (2) Longswamp Township (3) Lower Gwynedd (9) Lower Macungie (2) Lower Nazareth Lower Paxton Lykens (4) Macungie (13) Maiden Creek (2) Malvern Malvern (12) Manayunk Manchester Manheim Manheim Township Manns Choice Mansfield (3) Marietta (2) Martins Creek (2) Marysville (2) Masthope Matamoras (3) Maytown Mcalevys Fort (18) McCandless Township Mcconnells Mill McConnellsburg McConnellsburg (3) McElhattan Meadville Mechanicsburg Mechanicsburg (20) Media (17) Media (4) Media (60) Mercer Mercersburg Mertztown (4) Meyersdale Middle Smithfield Middle Smithfield Township Middletown (10) Middletown Township Mifflinburg Mifflinville Milesburg (2) Milford (15) Milford Square Mill Run (2) Mill Village Millers (3) Millersburg (2) Millmont Milroy (3) Mineral Point Minersville (2) Mocanaqua Mohnton (5) Mohrsville (2) Mont Alto (3) Mont Clare Montgomery Montoursville (5) Montrose (7) Moon (2) Moosic Morgantown (4) Moscow Mount Gretna Mount Gretna (15) Mount Holly Springs (4) Mount Jewett Mount Joy (7) Mount Lebanon Mount Rock Mt Carmel Mt Gretna (3) Mt Lebanon (4) Mt Pleasant Muncy (2) Muncy Valley Munhall Murrysville (5) Nanty Glo (3) Narvon (2) Natalie (2) Nazareth (7) Neelyton Neffs Neffsville Nesquehoning Nesquehoning New Baltimore New Bloomfield New Britain (7) New Buffalo (2) New Castle (11) New Cumberland New Freedom (3) New Holland (15) New Hope (16) New Milford New Milford (3) New Oxford New Paris New Tripoli New Wilmington (2) Newmanstown Newport (8) Newtown (53) Newville (5) Nicholson Nockamixon Township Norristown (6) North Coventry Township (3) North East (5) North Lebanon (3) North Philadelphia (5) North Sewickley North Wales (2) Northampton (3) Northumberland Northwest Philadelphia (2) Nottingham (2) Nuangola Oakdale Oakland Oakmont Ohiopyle (2) Orangeville Orefield Orrtanna (3) Ottsville (10) Oxford (2) Palm Palmerton (3) Palmyra (29) Palmyra Township Paradise Patton (3) Paxtang Pen Argyl Penbrook Penfield Penfield (7) Penn Township Pennsdale Perkasie (54) Perkiomen Junction (2) Perkiomen Place (3) Perkiomenville (3) Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia (76) Philipsburg Phoenixville (2) Phoenixville (14) Phoenixville (3) Picture Rocks (4) Pine Grove (9) Pine Grove Mills (5) Pine Swamp (2) Pipersville Pittsburgh (6) Pittsburgh (61) Pittston (2) Plainfield Plymouth Meeting Pocono Manor Point Pleasant (5) Port Clinton Port Clinton (4) Port Matilda Portersville (12) Potters Mills Pottstown (3) Pottstown (7) Pottsville (3) Powell Promised Land (2) Prompton (2) Pughtown Punxsutawney Quakertown Quakertown (42) Quarryville (3) Raberts Corner Radnor Railroad (4) Rauchtown (2) Reading (62) Reading Station Reamstown (2) Rebersburg Rector (2) Rector Red Hill (2) Red Lion (2) Red Rock (2) Reevesdale Revere Richboro Richland Center Richlandtown (2) Ridgway (2) Robesonia Rockhill Rockland Roemersville Ronks (2) Rossville Roxbury (2) Royalton Royersford (2) Rummerfield Sadsbury Sadsburyville Safe Harbor Saint Marys (3) Saint Peters (7) Salford (2) Sarver (2) Sayre (3) Scarlets Mill (2) Schellsburg (14) Scherersville Schnecksville (59) Schuylkill Haven Schwenksville (7) Scotrun (2) Scott Scranton (13) Sellersville Seven Springs Seven Valleys Seven Valleys (11) Sewickley (3) Shade Gap Shaler Twp (3) Shamokin Dam Shanksville Sharon (3) Shartlesville (2) Shavertown (3) Shawnee On Delaware (3) Shillington (3) Shippensburg Shippenville (7) Shoemakersville Shohola Shrewsbury (2) Shrewsbury (6) Silver Lake Township Sinnamahoning Sinnemahoning (9) Skippack (3) Skytop (2) Slate Run Slatedale (2) Slatington (3) Slickville Slippery Rock Smethport (2) Snow Shoe (2) Snyders Somerset (3) Somerset (10) Sonestown (2) Souderton (9) South Lebanon (4) South Mountain (2) South Park Township Southampton (4) Southeast Southeastern Spring City Spring Grove (2) Spring Mount (2) Spring Run Springdell Springettsbury Township Springfield (3) Springtown Spry (3) St Marys St Thomas Township (3) Stalker Stanton Heights Starrucca State College (46) State Line Stevens (2) Stevens Point Stewartstown Stockertown Stormstown (22) Stoystown (3) Strasburg (2) Suedberg (5) Suedburg (8) Summerdale Susquehanna Tamaqua (4) Tannersville (6) Tarentum (4) Telford Telford (2) Terre Hill Thomasville Tidioute Tioga Tionesta (3) Titusville (2) Tobyhanna Tobyhanna (3) Topton (3) Township Of Indiana Township of West Bradford (3) Trappe (3) Tredyffrin Township Tremont Township Trexlertown (3) Trout Run Troy Troy (13) Trumbauersville (2) Trythall (4) Tullytown (2) Tusseyville (2) Tyrone (3) Tyrone Uhlerstown Union City Uniontown University Park University Park (36) Upper Black Eddy (10) Upper Gwynedd Township (3) Upper Macungie Upper Pottsgrove (3) Upper Pottsgrove Township (3) Utica Valley Forge Valley Forge (15) Valley View Varden (3) Venango Vera Cruz (3) Vintondale (2) Virginville Volant Waddle Wagontown (6) Wallingford Wanamakers (2) Wapwallopen (2) Warfordsburg (2) Warminster (7) Warren (5) Warrington Warrington Warrington Warwick (4) Warwick Warwick Township Washington Washington Washington Crossing Washington Crossing (2) Water Street (2) Waterford (17) Waterville (11) Wayne Wayne (12) Waynesboro (5) Weedville Weissport Wellsboro (8) Wellsville (5) Wernersville (8) West Chester (15) West Finley West Goshen (4) West Grove (2) West Hanover (14) West Lawn West Middlesex (3) West Mount Airy West Mt Airy West Newton West Nottingham West Philadelphia (4) West Pittston (4) West Point Westport (5) Westtown (2) White Haven White Haven (16) Whitehall (7) Wilkes-Barre Williams Grove Williamsburg (7) Williamsport (20) Willow Grove (6) Wind Gap (6) Windsor (4) Womelsdorf Woodchoppertown Woodland Woodward (3) Woolrich (6) Worcester Wrightstown Wrightsville (14) Wyalusing (2) Wyncote Wynnewood (4) Wyoming Wyoming (4) Wyomissing (6) Wysox (2) Yardley (2) Yeadon Yoe York York (55) York Furnace Zelienople (16) Zieglersville Zionsville
Total Letterboxes: 5,670
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