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East Cocalico Township


East Cocalico Township administrative offices are located at 100 Hill Road, Denver, PA 17517; phone: 717-336-1720.

East Cocalico Township is one of the northeastern township of Lancaster County. It was divided from Cocalico Township in 1838. Irregularly shaped, the Township has a length of approximately 5.5 miles and an average width of 3.5 miles. The Township is named for the Cocalico Creek and the Indian Village present here when the first European settlers arrived. The name Cocalico is believed to have originated from "koch hale kung", Delware Indian words meaning "den of serpents", apparently referring to the abundance of snakes near the creek at that time. [1]

much of East Cocalico Township's agricultural landscape has been subdivided with rural residences. Of the 752 farms within the Region, the County tax records reveal that 23 are devoted to commercial poultry operations, 31 raise beef, cattle or calves, four operate fish preserves, and three specialize in exotic animals (e.g., mink, chinchilla and pheasant). Therefore, the vast majority of farms engage in field crops and truck farming although this may be changing. [2]

  1. Township of East Cocalico, History, wwww.eastcocalicotownship.com, accessed November, 2017.
  2. Strategic Comprehensive Plan for the Cocalico Region, 2003, www.eastcocalicotownship.com, accessed April, 2018.
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