While Dallas, Pennsylvania might not be as well-known as Dallas, Texas, it’s certainly the eldest of the two—and it has the birthday to prove it. Whereas the southern city was established as a permanent settlement in 1841, this suburban township in Northeastern Pennsylvania was officially formed in 1817, making it 200 years old this year.
Dallas Township was officially formed in 1817 from land taken from Kingston Township and named after Alexander J. Dallas of Philadelphia, the 6th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Prior to its formation as a permanent settlement, settlers first came to the area in the 18th century. The area, now a quiet, suburban community, was once home to dense forest and wildlife. Despite the wolves, bears and other wild animals, settlers volunteered to clean up the “back of the mountain” country, which would eventually grow into the prosperous community it is today.
Ask anyone in the community, and they’ll probably list plenty of reasons why they love this area of the Back Mountain. It’s a peaceful and quiet town that combines rural farmland, suburban development, and retains the nature that made the area so attractive to those early settlers.
It is with such community pride that residents of Dallas Township are celebrating their Bicentennial throughout 2017. To commemorate such a milestone, the community is celebrating with various activities from May through December.
If you’ve forgotten about the anniversary, don’t fret! Adults and children alike can still participate in a number of events, such as Play for the Park, the annual Dallas Harvest Festival, Thanksgiving Community Dinner, and Old-Fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting.
For more information on Dallas Township’s 2017 Bicentennial Celebration, you can check out the special website created for the year’s festivities here. For more general community information, you can visit the Dallas Township government website here.
The Back Mountain region of Luzerne County in Northeastern Pennsylvania is a premier area for both real estate and recreation. From shopping to restaurants, hiking, golfing, boating, fishing, and more (including community-wide celebrations), Dallas and surrounding communities are great places to both live and play.
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