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New Columbia, Pennsylvania
census-designated place
Newky
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Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Union
Township White Deer
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,013
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Code 17856
Area code(s) 570

New Columbia is a census-designated place located in White Deer Township, Union County in the state of Pennsylvania. The community is located in eastern Union County along U.S. Route 15, very near to the West Branch Susquehanna River. As of the 2010 census the population was 1,013 residents.

History

The village of New Columbia or "Newky" as the locals call it, was formally laid out and incorporated in 1818 by David Yoder (born. 1765). He settled on the area once known as "Dogtown" on the banks of the Susquehanna River. The Yoders purchased 60 acres of land and sold off lots to settlers.

In 1846 New Columbia was called New Columbus and consisted of 30 dwellings, several stores, and a tavern. By 1886, New Columbia had 100 houses, a hotel, a store, a post office, a train station, a boat shop and approximately 350 inhabitants. 1889 marked the year that White Deer Township residents hired their first Constable, Moses Brown. Moses was also a shoemaker. By the 1890's, a baker, confectioner, ice cream shop, and bicycle shop were some of the many businesses in New Columbia.

Bicentennial

The Town of New Columbia, Pennsylvania is celebrating its 200th Birthday in 2018 with a series of events throughout the year. These events will highlight the rich history of this community.

Coordinates: 41°02′27″N 76°52′0″W / 41.04083°N 76.866667°W / 41.04083; -76.866667

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