18 December 2014

Those Places Thursday: Corry PA

Corry is a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania that roughly 6,400 people call home. It is located about 30 miles southeast of Erie. 

The town was named for Hiram Cory. The Atlantic and Great Western Railroad intersected with the Sunbury and Erie Railroad on 27 May 1861. The land where those two railroads intersected was owned by Cory. He has sold a portion of his land to the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad and the railroad then built a ticket office there naming it for him. However a spelling error caused the town to be named Corry instead. 

The railroad saw the growth of many small towns and cities across America, and Corry was no different. 

The town became a borough in 1863 and later, in 1866, was deemed a city. Industry drove the growth of the city, which became famous for the manufacturing of Climax locomotives In fact, manufacturing still accounts for approximately 30% of the industries in Corry.
The postcard pictured here is dated 26 July 1911. It is addressed to a Mr. Harry Kurtz of Narvon, Lancaster County. Honey Brook was originally written and was crossed out. Honey Brook is across the county line from Narvon and is located in Chester County.


Those Places Thursday is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers.
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.