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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Williamsport is a city in the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania.

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By car

Williamsport is connected to two Interstates: I-180 and I-99. I-80, which terminates at Interstate 80 south of Williamsport, is the road you'll use if you're coming from New York or Philadelphia. From Pittsburgh, you'll use I-99, which is not entirely completed and still has some non-expressway gaps, so expect construction and some confusion. (You might spot signs saying "Future I-99 corridor" on the drive in). Points north should use US-15, which will one day be I-99. The area north of Williamsport is sparsely populated though, so there will probably be little in the way of delays, just a rather scenic mountain drive.


By plane

The main airport servicing the area is Williamsport Regional Airport (IATA: IPT, ICAO: KIPT), located in nearby Montoursville. Options are extremely limited, with only one destination served: US Airways flies to their hub in Philadelphia. Because US Airways has a monopoly on the airport, flying to Williamsport can be an expensive endeavor.

  • Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, 525 Route 15 Highway, (570) 326-1486, [1]. M-Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 12PM-7PM. Lots of Little League trivia and memorabilia, along with profiles of distinguished ex-Little Leaguers. $5 for adults, $1.50 for children 13 and under, $3 for seniors, and free for children under 4.  edit
  • 33 East, 33 East 3rd St (market turn right on third), 570-322-1900, [2]. 5PM-10PM. 33 East is one of the area's most popular "fine dining" establishment. The food is excellent (albeit a little pricey), as is the atmosphere and service. Brought back to life after a complete and utter restoration, 33 East is a delight to your senses. (41.24,-77.00) edit
  • Bullfrog Brewery, 229 West Fourth St, (570) 326-4700 (, fax: (570) 326-2998), [3]. A very good local restaurant/microbrewery - it makes a nice change from the plethora of chain eateries in the city. The food and drink are both excellent, but it's best to make reservations for evening. It can get busy. $10-25 entrees.  edit
  • Peter Herdic House, 407 West Fourth St, (570) 322-0165 (), [4]. The Peter Herdic House, one of the most famous Victorian-style mansions left over from the prosperous logging days of Williamsport's history (which used to have more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the world) is now an inn and fine dining restaurant. The menu is seasonal, and ranges from Parmesan Crusted Shrimp and a side Pear, Walnut and Gorgonzola Salad to Salmon in a Dijon Cream and Homemade Linguine Carbonara with Broccoli. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are also welcomed. $15-25 entrees.  edit
  • Pazzo Restaurant, 326 Court Street, (570) 320-1808. M-Sa 5PM-10PM. Pazzo is a very small corner restaurant which is extremely unique with a seasonal menu. Examples include a sushi-style Duck Roll, Baby Arugula Salad with Prociutto and Mozerella and a Balsamic Glaze, and always-changing desserts. The atmosphere is very dark and cozy, with a baroque almost-gothic feel with crimson walls, large ornate mirrors, and a diamond/joker theme. House-made garlic breadsticks are served free with a side of olive oil and salt and pepper. The establishment is fairly esoteric as it lies in an ally, but for those who know it it's a favorite. Midrange for the uniqueness of the food.  edit
  • DiSalvo's, 341 East Fourth St, (570) 327-1200 (), [5]. Lunch M-F 11:30AM-2PM, Dinner M-Th 5PM-9:30PM, F-Sa 5PM-10PM. Best Italian restaurant in the area, hands-down. The atmosphere is nice, too. $10-25 entrees.  edit
  • The Golden Strip, East Third Street. The Golden Strip (as the locals call East Third Street) has the highest concentration of stores and restaurants in the city. Most of the eateries are part of chains, so if you're looking for anything from McDonald's to TGIF to Red Lobster, it's right along this half-mile stretch of road.  edit
  • Coffee and Tea Room, 217 W 4th St, (570) 326-1760, [6]. M-Th 8AM-9PM; F 8AM-11PM; Sa 9AM-9PM. The Coffee and Tea Room is a coffeehouse, a cafe, an art gallery, and a cultural meeting place. It offers a large selection of specialty drinks including cappuccino, mocha, latte, cocoa, full-leaf tea (many styles available) and a special Kona Blend freshly brewed coffee. They offer a selection of muffins, scones, bagels, cookies and cinnamon rolls, each baked fresh daily. For sustenance, the Coffee and Tea Room offers a variety of wraps, panini sandwiches, salads, and soups, each individually-inspired. An internet-connected computer is free to use as is WiFi access. Tarot card readings also take place here and earthy clothes and objects can be purchased in the front of the restaurant. The seating consists of unique chairs, sofas, and armchairs in individual settings - from two to six or so.  edit
  • Franco's Lounge (, 12 West Fourth Street, 570-327-1840, [7]. Authentic italian food, from bread to pastas and desserts, home-made and absolutely the best in the region. Menu has both traditional italian cuisine as well as unique dishes that are sure to please the palate. Atmosphere is cozy but elegant and the owners will make you feel at home!  edit
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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

WILLIAMSPORT, a city and the county-seat of Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., on the north bank of the west branch of the Susquehanna river, about 70 m. N. by W. of Harrisburg. Pop. (1890) 27,132; (1900) 28,757, of whom 1144 were negroes and 2228 were foreign-born, including 1089 Ger mans; (1910 census), 31,860. Area, about 7 sq. m. Williamsport is served by the New York Central & Hudson River, the Pennsylvania, the Susquehanna & New York; and the Philadelphia & Reading railways, and by electric lines connecting with the neighbouring towns of Montoursville (pop. in 1900, 1665), South Williamsport (pop. in 1900, 3328), on the S. bank of the river, and Du Boistown (pop. in 1900, 650). The city has an attractive site, on a high plain, nearly surrounded by hills. It has five parks, Brandon (44 acres) within the city limits, and Vallamont, Starr Island, Sylvan Dell and Nippono in its suburbs. Williamsport is the seat of Williamsport Dickinson Seminary (Methodist Episcopal, co-educational, 1848), a secondary school. Among the principal buildings are the county court house, the city hall, the United States Government building, the Scottish Rite Cathedral, the Masonic Temple, a Y.M.C.A. building, and the James V. Brown Memorial Library (1907). In the city are a Boys' Industrial Home (1898), a Girls' Training School (1895), a Florence Crittenton Home (1895), a Home for Aged Coloured Women (1898), a Home for the Friendless (1872), and Williamsport Hospital (1873). There are practically no tenement houses. The value of factory products in 1905 was $11,738,473, 20.7% more than in 1900. Williamsport has the largest lumber market in Pennsylvania; lumber was for forty years the most important of its manufactures, and Williamsport was styled the "sawdust city." The decreasing importance of the industry is due to the virtual exhaustion of standing timber in the neighbourhood. Lumber and timber products were valued at $1,310,368 in 1905, and lumber and planing mill products at $579,667. Among other manufactures are silk and silk goods, valued at $1,191,273 in 1905; foundry and machine shop products, $1,164,737; rubber and leather boots and shoes, furniture, &c. The city .has a large trade with the surrounding country. The water supply is derived from mountain streams S. of the city. Lycoming county was erected in 1795, in which year Williamsport was founded and became the county-seat, after a bitter contest with Jaysburg, which was then a village of only some half a dozen houses and which subsequently ceased to exist. Williamsport was incorporated as a borough in 1806, and was chartered as a city in 1866.

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