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Conshohocken Borough

Conshohocken Borough Hall is located at 1 West First Avenue, Conshohocken PA 19428; phone: 610-828-1092.

Beginnings [1]

The settlement of Conshohocken dates back to the days of William Penn, the land in this section having been purchased from the Indians by him in 1683. It is situated on the left bank of the Schuylkill River, about thirteen miles from Philadelphia.

Up to the time of the Revolution little occurred to give to what is now Conshohocken a place in history; but when General Washington went into camp at Valley Forge, some miles further up the Schuylkill, the immediate vicinity became the scene of many interesting events. At the close of the war the settlement grew larger; but it was not until 1816 that the foundation of its prosperity was laid, when the Schuylkill Navigation Company began improvements in the town by the construction of a dam; and it was the water-power of this dam that caused this desirable location for manufacturing purposes to become known. Gradually, mills were established, and when the Reading Railroad was completed the success of the place was assured.

In 1880 the place was given its present name, it having been previously known as Masterson's Ford, and two years later (1832) a bridge was constructed across the Schuylkill at this point. By an act of the Assembly in 1850 six hundred and forty acres on the east bank of the river was incorporated as the borough of Conshohocken, at which time there were 125 houses, 8 farms, and a population of 727 souls. It was about this time that rich iron-mines were discovered in the vicinity, and the attention of capitalists and manufacturers was soon attracted, and Conshohocken is now an important manufacturing centre, having blast furnaces and rolling-mills, woolen and cotton mills, and many important foundries and machine-shops.

The present population is in the neighborhood of 7000. It is well supplied with churches, while its educational affairs are also well provided for. It is lighted by gas and abundantly supplied with good water. It supports a local newspaper and a national bank.

  1. Industrial and Commercial Resources of Pennsylvania, Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1886.
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