Lawrence County

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Lawrence County was named for naval captain James Lawrence, who gave the famous command "Don't give up the ship" during the War of 1812. His command became a slogan for western Pennsylvanians in the early 1800s when what was to become Lawrence County was divided between Mercer County and Beaver County. In 1820, residents started to protest the inconvenience of conducting business in two jurisdictions and proposed a new county to unify the community. They did not give up the ship. Finally in 1849, Lawrence County was authorized. The new county was rich with rolling hills, rivers, forests, and fertile land. Limestone, iron ore, coal, and clay supported burgeoning industries. Lawrence County illustrates the effect of these industries on the area through more than 200 vintage postcards and photographs. Also illustrated are the Old Order Amish and places such as Possum Hollow, Breakneck Bridge, SNPJ, and Energy.
ISBN: 9780738549965
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Anita DeVivo, a resident of Lawrence County, is the author of New Castle and Mahoningtown. Anthony P. Walczak, a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, is a dedicated collector of postcards, Native American artifacts, and other local memorabilia.
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