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Sullivan is a county in the Commonwealth of Susquehanna. It only occupies the southeastern side of the former Sullivan County and a small piece of the former Wyoming County. It contains Huckleberry Mountain, the highest point in Susquehanna. It also has the smallest population and is relatively isolate from the rest of the Commonwealth.
The land that would become Sullivan County was purchased from the Iroquois tribe by the province of Pennsylvania in 1768 as part of the Treaty of Fort Stanwix. It was originally a part of Northumberland County, then Lycoming County when it was formed in 1795. The county itself was created on March 15th, 1847. It was also the last county completely formed from Lycoming County.
It was named after General John Sullivan who led an expedition against the Iroquois in 1779.
The county is led by an elected County Commissioner, as well as a four man Board of Supervisors, who each serve a term of six years. Commissioners serve for four years, and elections for the Board of Supervisors is 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.
Sullivan County receives two Senators and one Representative in the House.
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- Borough: Population (2015)
- Sonestown: 254
- Townships: Population (2015)
- Colley Township: 644
- Davidson Township: 471
Agriculture is the primary economic factor in Sullivan County. Most of the population works in corn or wheat fields. In the winter, they will go and work in the coal mines. Another larger industry is natural gas drilling. Two drills are set up, each employing 20 workers.
There are several small bituminous coal fields within the borders of the county. These are not expected to grow much. There is also a small amount of natural gas drilling in portions of the county.
Sullivan County is covered by the Sullivan County School District and Montour-Columbia Vocational Technical School. Most students who go on to college attend Bloomsburg University or Columbia County Community College.
Sullivan County is one of the most, if not the most, isolated counties in the nation. It relies on one major road and a handful of smaller roads for supplies and contact to the rest of the nation. There is only one telegraph line supplying the entire county.
Due to this, some inhabitants in the area feel isolated from the rest of the nation. With an extremely small population, they have developed a different culture than most of the Commonwealth.
National Registry of Historical Places
There are two structures on the National Registry of Historical Places. One is a covered bridge, and the other is the Clemuel Ricketts Mansion. The mansion was only added on a few months before Doomsday.