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Schuylkill is a county in the Commonwealth of Susquehanna. It only occupies the northern tip of the former county. The rest is controlled by Reading, and unclaimed.
The area that is now Schuylkill County was settled by the Germans in 1754. On March 1st, 1811, Schuylkill County was formed from parts of Berks, Lancaster, and Northampton Counties. In 1818, parts from Columbia County and Lehigh County were added.
There was a large rail industry in the county, at one point there was over 1000 miles of rail.
The county is led by an elected County Commissioner, as well as a three man Board of Supervisors, who each serve a term of six years. Commissioners serve for four years, and elections for the Board of Supervisors are staggered every two years.
The county court is responsible for smaller cases such as custody disputes and other issues. There are three judges and assistants.
Schuylkill County receives two senators and two representatives in the General Assembly.
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- Boroughs: Population (2015)
- Ringtown: 283
- Shenandoah: 897
- Townships: Population (2015)
- East Union Township: 144
- Mahoney Township: 758
- North Union Township: 170
- Union Township: 326
- West Mahanoy Township: 1,171
There is a large amount of mining industry in the county, with coal and iron mining companies operating. Agriculture is very small here due to the rocky soil. There is no manufacturing, although there are storage facilities for exports to Reading located in the southern reaches of the area.
The county is covered by two separate school districts. Hazleton Area School District and Central School District. Students may also attend Wyoming-Schuylkill Vocational Technical School to learn trade skills. For the few that attend college, most attend Bloomsburg University, although a few have gone to Hazleton University.
National Registry of Historical Places
There are five structures and areas on the list. Only one is actually within Susquehanna. The other four are in the community of Tamaqua, an independent city state. Susquehanna provides funds each year to maintain the structures. The one under the nation's control is the Saint Paul's Union Church and Cemetery.