Dennison Township

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Dennison Township became a municipal subdivision in 1839, by way of its separation from Hanover Township, one of the original townships of Luzerne County. Records indicate the Town-ship’s first settler was Israel Inman, who in 1833 built a cabin about one-half mile below where the Lehigh Railroad crosses the Nescopeck Creek. The Middleburg Section of the Township, due to its close proximity to White Haven Borough, was the first area of development in the Township and continues to contain most of the Township’s development and population.

Lumbering was the primary industry that encouraged initial settlement in Dennison Township. Both the lumbering industry and the regional coal industry played a dominant role in bringing growth and prosperity to the region as a whole. The early economic structure of Dennison Township was dominated by the lumbering industry. At its high point, the area had ten sawmills, cutting as much as 20,000,000 feet of lumber per year. The Lehigh River that adjoins the southeastern boundary of the township was the principal means of transporting lumber and coal to its market place. In the mid-1800s, for a period of more than 30 years, the lumber from the area saw mills was transported by way of the Lehigh Canal. The Lehigh Canal played a vital transportation role for the region until flooding in 1862 destroyed the locks and dams. Transportation of lumber was then altered to rail service of the Lehigh and Susquehanna Railroad connecting White Haven to Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe).

By 1900, Dennison Township had a population of 796. It has remained a very rural community with its 2000 population being 908. Dennison Township is located in the southern sector of Luzerne County and is surrounded by the municipalities of Wright Township, Fairview Township, Bear Creek Township, Foster Township and White Haven Borough. The Township encompasses approximately 35 square miles of land and represents one of the largest Townships within Luzerne County. The majority of the Township is open space that includes State Game lands and the Nescopeck State Park. There are approximately 8,551 acres of State Game Lands in Dennison Township, representing approximately thirty-seven percent of the entire Township. The primary transportation routes to and from the Township included State Route 437, Interstate 476 and Interstate 80. From a regional standpoint, Dennison Township is readily accessible to major population centers and markets beyond northeastern Pennsylvania, providing a key advantage for continued growth, including the seasonal housing market and tourist market.


AddressDennison Township
76 Walnut Street, White Haven, PA 18601
Square Miles35
Name of MayorN/A
Congressional District11th
Legislative District117th
Type of GovernmentTownship Supervisors
School DistrictCrestwood
Public LibraryWhite Haven Area
Range of Housing CostsN/A
Property Tax Rate12 mills


CableMetroCast Communications
Phone: 800-633-8578
GasUGI Utilities
Phone: 800-609-4844
ElectricPPL Utilities, Inc.
Phone: 800-342-5775
WaterPrivate Wells
Waste RemovalN/A
Last Updated: 08/01/12 09:23:56
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