Historic Map - Sinking Spring, PA - 1898

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View of Sinking Spring, Berks County, P.A., 1898 / drawn & published by T. M. Fowler.

This illustrated map of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania was drawn and published by Thaddeus Mortimer Fowler in 1898. Sinking Spring was settled by Europeans in the late 1700's at a watering place for livestock of the vicinity. The cow paths that led to the spring became roads.

A village was established at the edge of the spring; named so because it is said that the waters recede occasionally. Farming was the primary interest in the early years of Sinking Spring.

Iron ore was mined at Sinking Spring. Other early manufactures of the community included cigars, pottery, soap, underwear and hosiery.

When railroads were added Sinking Spring became an important junction of the Reading and Columbia railroads. Sinking Springs offered streetcar service beginning in 1894.

The Sinking Springs Water Company began supplying nearby Wyomissing residents with clean fresh water in 1908. Sinking Spring was incorporated as a borough in 1913.

The sketched print from 1898 includes streets, buildings and railroad line.


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