Introduction to Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, in Columbia county, is 49 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 99 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town is conveniently located inside the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metropolitan area.
European settlements in the area date back to 1772. James McClure built the first log cabin in the region. Until the mid-1800s, the small community was known as "Bloom Township." It was incorporated as Bloomsburg on the 4th of March, 1870 and for more than a century, it remained the only incorporated town in Pennsylvania. In fact, Bloomsburg is still referred to as "The only town in Pennsylvania."
Bloomsburg and Nearby Attractions
- Museum of Anthracite Mining
- Joseph Priestley House
- Knoebels Amusement Park
- Montour Preserve
- Ricketts Glen State Park
Things To Do In Bloomsburg
Exhibits in the Museum of Anthracite Mining depict the anthracite coal mining industries' history. Joseph Priestley House, a historic site near Bloomsburg, includes the 1794 mansion of Joseph Priestley, who is known for his discovery of oxygen. The 1,089-acre Locust Lake State Park features amenities for hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and camping. Crystal Cave, and Knoebels Amusement Park are other attractions in the area. In September, Bloomsburg also hosts the annual Bloomsburg Fair, which is a traditional farm fair and the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania.
Bloomsburg Municipal Airport is located in the town of Bloomsburg.
Bloomsburg Higher Education
The town is home to Bloomsburg University. Nearby colleges include Bucknell University, Misericordia University, and Penn State Hazleton.