Rail line in Montgomery
Location of Montgomery in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.
|• Type||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Fae Herb|
|• Borough Manager||John D. Lynch, Sr.|
|• Total||0.55 sq mi (1.43 km2)|
|• Land||0.55 sq mi (1.42 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)|
|Elevation||509 ft (155 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||2,755.03/sq mi (1,064.42/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||570 Exchange: 547|
|GNIS feature ID||1214023|
Montgomery was incorporated as a borough by the Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania on March 21, 1887 from part of Clinton Township. The history of the settlement of Montgomery begins in 1783 when John Lawson established a homestead there. Nicholas Shaffer built a gristmill in Montgomery in 1795. A sawmill and a wool carding mill were other early industries found on Black Hole Creek which flows through Montgomery.
P. M. Barber was the first person to come to Montgomery and establish an industry that achieved any sustainable success. He opened a distillery in 1859 and later a planing mill in 1869 on the site of the distillery. Barber with his partners, A.B. Henderson, Jesse Rank, and Nathan Fowler had so much success that they laid out a town around their mill in 1870. The town was further expanded by the success of Montgomery Machine Shops which starting in 1873, under the supervision of Levi Houston, built woodworking machinery that was sold to clients throughout the United States and Canada and as far away as Australia.
Montgomery was previously known as Black Hole for the creek that flows through it and the post office established in 1836 bearing that name and it was also known as Clinton Mills, again named for the post office. The name Montgomery stems from another name for the same post office, Montgomery Station.
Montgomery is located at  Montgomery lies along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, about six miles to the southwest of the borough of Muncy, and eight-and-a-half miles southeast of the city of Williamsport. It borders Clinton Township on sides not bordered by the river. As the crow flies, Lycoming County is about 130 miles (209 km) northwest of Philadelphia and 165 miles (266 km) east-northeast of Pittsburgh.(41.171393, -76.875826).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2).0.5 square miles (1.4 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (6.90%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,695 people, 628 households, and 462 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,117.2 people per square mile (1,211.9/km2). There were 680 housing units at an average density of 1,250.6 per square mile (486.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.05% White, 0.53% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% of the population.
There were 628 households, out of which 39.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 31.2% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $33,846, and the median income for a family was $38,641. Males had a median income of $27,500 versus $20,648 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,763. About 8.6% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.0% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.
Montgomery's high school football team and that of its rival, the Muncy high school team, play annually for The Shoe. The trophy was created in 1961 from an old athletic shoe found in the Muncy High School locker room; the shoe has been bronzed and mounted on a wooden box. It was intended in 1961 that should one of the teams win the trophy five years in a row that team would keep the shoe permanently. However, when Montgomery achieved this goal in 1974, the team voted to continue the tradition. Muncy currently leads the series with 28 wins to Montgomery's 18.
In 2007, the Montgomery Lady Raiders won the District IV Championship in Class A Girls Basketball. This was the third time in four years that they went to the PIAA Class A Playoffs and the fourth time in school history that they won the championship. However, they were eliminated in the first round of states by Bishop O'Hara.
In 2007, the Montgomery Red Raiders won the PIAA District IV Championship in Class A Baseball. This was the first time in history that Montgomery won a district championship in Baseball. They were eliminated in the first round of states by the eventual state champion, Minersville.
In 2010, the Montgomery Lady Raiders softball team took second place in the PIAA State playoffs, losing to champion Chartiers-Houston. They finished with only 2 losses on the year.
In 2012, the Montgomery Red Raiders baseball team reached the championship game of the PIAA State playoffs. The Red Raiders lost the championship game to Bishop McCort of Johnstown.
Montgomery is also the home of the Montgomery Little League, a chartered member of Little League Baseball, and is billed as "The Second Oldest Little League In The World" until they merged with Muncy Little league in 2011, which ended the streak of 64 continuous years. They were represented in the 1947 Little League World Series, losing to the Lincoln Little League 7-2 and the Brandon Little League 14-2. Montgomery has not made it back to the World Series since.
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