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Coatesville and Vicinity

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The route west along the old Lancaster Pike (U.S. 30) was interrupted by small taverns at major crossroads, such as Downing's tavern where the West Chester road (U.S. 322) crossed U.S. 30. Downingtown, Coatesville, and Parkesburg form a nearly continuous commercial strip backing up to an industrial line along the route of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Coatesville is at the center of the industrial strip, located on the west branch of Brandywine Creek that supplied waterpower for an early iron forge that became the economic foundation of the region.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas

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