Introduction to Steelton, Pennsylvania
Steelton, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin county, is 31 miles NW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 65 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland. The town is considered part of the Harrisburg - Lebanon - Carlisle metropolitan area. Steelton has a population of 5,858.
The area, which was originally settled in 1866, was known as "Baldwin" in honor of the founder of Baldwin Locomotive-Works, Matthew Baldwin. When a post office was established in 1871, the name was changed to "Steel Works" because there was already another town in Pennsylvania named Baldwin. However, this name led to further confusion as the post office was often mistaken for a steel plant. The community was christened "Steelton" in 1879 and was officially incorporated on January 19, 1880. At one point, the town was home to several brickyards, machine shops, and a flouring mill. The Pennsylvania Steel Company, which was later taken over by Bethlehem Steel Company, initiated its operations in Steelton in 1866. Over the years, many workers from Ireland, Germany, England, Italy, and Mexico joined the company and settled in Steelton.
Steelton and Nearby Attractions
- State Museum of Pennsylvania
- John Harris Mansion
- Hershey Museum
- Gifford Pinchot State Park
- Hershey's Chocolate World
- Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park
Things To Do In Steelton
Artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the region's historical and cultural background are housed in the Agricultural & Industrial Museum, Historical Society Museum, and State Museum of Pennsylvania. Hershey Museum features exhibits reflecting the life of Pennsylvania's German residents. It also showcases the processes of chocolate making. The town is close to sites of historic importance like the Milton S. Hershey Mansion, Gates House & Plough Tavern, and John Harris Mansion. Recreational activities such as fishing, swimming, boating, biking, camping, horseback riding, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Gifford Pinchot State Park, Little Buffalo State Park, and Memorial Lake State Park. Other attractions include Hershey's Chocolate World, HersheyPark, Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, and Williams Grove Amusement Park.
Harrisburg International Airport is nearby.
Steelton Higher Education
Colleges close to Steelton are Penn State Harrisburg, Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg, York College of Pennsylvania, and Elizabethtown College.