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Koonsville, Pennsylvania

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Koonsville, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Route 239 in Koonsville

Koonsville is a former town that is now a section of Union Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. It is approximately one mile outside of Shickshinny along Route 239 and McKendree Road. Its elevation is approximately 616 feet (188 m).[1]

It used to known as Arch Bridge, named for the stone bridge crossing Shickshinny Creek. It served as a logging community until the Battle of Wyoming in 1778, when most of the white settlers fled their homes, fearing Iroquois raids. Several white farmers and loggers returned a few years later to rebuild, including Shadrick Austin, who bought 256 acres (1.04 km2) of land and, in 1801, established the Austin Family Inn.

Upon the establishment of the post office in 1850 the area was renamed and incorporated as Koonsville after William Koons, who was the first postmaster. The post office was decommissioned at the beginning of World War II, and Koonsville is now serviced by the Shickshinny post office.[2]

In 1850 William Koons moved to the area and occupied the Austin family Inn. Koons was survived by B.D. Koons, who was not only a charter member of Shickshinny but also one of the first officers.[3]

There are about five houses in Koonsville, a taxidermist, and a gas station, which is now closed down.


  1. ^ Histopolis. Retrieved 2010-06-07.
  2. ^ Town Histories from Shickshinny Historical Society. Retrieved 2010-06-07.
  3. ^ Shickshinny Boro from Shickshinny Historical Society. Retrieved 2010-06-07.
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