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Mount Carbon, Pennsylvania
St. Francis De Sales Church on Main St.
St. Francis De Sales Church on Main St.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Schuylkill
Settled 1828
Incorporated 1864
 • Type Borough Council
 • Total 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
 • Total 91
 • Density 900/sq mi (350/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 570

Mount Carbon is a borough in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, two miles south of Pottsville. It was formed from North Manheim Township in 1864. The population was 91 in the 2010 census. The borough is the smallest municipality in Schuylkill County. South Centre Street, Main Street, Sherwood Drive and the Mt. Carbon Arch are the only streets of the borough.

Mount Carbon has also had one of the youngest mayors in history, Mayor Jeffrey Dunkel was sworn in as mayor when he was only 18 years old. On July 16, 2015 The Pottsville Republican Herald reported that Mayor Dunkel will resign after 13 years for a job opportunity in another state.

The borough was considering merger with the City of Pottsville. Merger was shot down by the residents and the borough has been making financial progress since new council took the helm.

The old Mount Carbon Brewery

It was home for many years to the Mount Carbon Brewery which closed in the late 1970s. D.G. Yuengling & Son bought the rights to use the Mount Carbon (Bavarian) name and label when Mount Carbon Brewery went out of business in 1977. Yuengling initially brewed Mount Carbon for a short time but eventually abandoned it. 7up bottling Co. then took over building for years as a distribution and shipping point.

Mount Carbon fr. the north, by Langenheim, Frederick, 1809-1879
Mount Carbon, PA, 1800s (undated).


Mount Carbon was the end of the original Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, opened in 1842. Mount Carbon was a very active location along the Canal. The Hotel which was located at the present Pottsville Pizzeria, was rumored to have royalty stay there on their travels.


Mount Carbon is located at 40°40′21″N 76°11′15″W / 40.67250°N 76.18750°W / 40.67250; -76.18750 (40.672364, -76.187494).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 364
1880 327 −10.2%
1890 333 1.8%
1900 252 −24.3%
1910 335 32.9%
1920 331 −1.2%
1930 311 −6.0%
1940 335 7.7%
1950 302 −9.9%
1960 308 2.0%
1970 184 −40.3%
1980 157 −14.7%
1990 132 −15.9%
2000 87 −34.1%
2010 91 4.6%
Est. 2015 89 −2.2%

As of the census of 2000, there were 87 people, 39 households, and 23 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,414.1 people per square mile (559.8/km²). There were 47 housing units at an average density of 763.9 per square mile (302.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 100.00% White.

There were 39 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.0% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the borough the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $34,688, and the median income for a family was $46,875. Males had a median income of $24,000 versus $23,125 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,355. There were no families and 7.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 40.0% of those over 64.


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