Lancaster County PA Realty Check: Lancaster County, PA Firsts and Bests

Lancaster County, PA Firsts and Bests

Lancaster County, PA Firsts and Bests

Lancaster County, PA has a both a long history and a varied economy, but it's still surprising what a long list of things there is about which Lancaster County is known for being the first, biggest, or best.  For instance, the Columbia-Wrightwville bridge over the Susquehannah river is the longest concrete multi-arch bridge in the U.S. 

Route 30 (the Lincoln Highway) is America's oldest paved highway. 

Lancaster itself is the oldest inland city in the USA.

The Manheim Auto Auction is the world's largest auto auction, with 26 separate lines, each capable of auctioning cars and trucks separately all at the same time! 

Willow Valley, in Willow Street, PA, with its latest expansion (fourth phase), is now the largest retirement community in the country, with condos and phases for independent living, assisted living, and nursing care. 

Lancaster"s Central Market is the nation's oldest (1730's) publically owned, continuously operated farmers market. 

Linden Hall, Lititz, is the oldest girls' boarding school in the U.S. (1746).

Lesser-known examples:  Shank's Extract, Lancaster, is the country's largest distributor of saffron.

High Steel Structures, Lancaster, is the largest steel fabricator in the U.S.

Victor Division of Woodstream, Lititz, is the largest manufacturer of mousetraps in the WORLD.

Bube's Brewery, Mount Joy, with stone catacombs that are said to have been used in the underground railroad before the Civil War, is the only Victorian-era brewery still standing in the U.S. It's also an excellent restaurant.

Anvil International (formerly ITT Grinnell) in Columbia is the largest pipe producer in the USA.

One of the reasons Lancaster County continues to be a desireable place to live is because of its unique combination of history and a vibrant economy.  I have more of these first/bests!  If there is any positive feedback I will post more in the future. 


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Comment balloon 0 commentsBrian Schulman • April 25 2007 02:17PM