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Interested in learning about Pennsylvania? Start with learning about the borough of Norristown, PA, in this informative article presented by the abuse lawyers in Norristown.

Get To Know Norristown

Norristown is a home rule municipality in Pennsylvania. As the county seat of Montgomery County, it is the largest non-township municipality and the fourth-most populous municipality in the county. Norristown is also the second-most populous borough in the state.

The area was initially purchased by William Trent and Isaac Norris on October 7, 1704. In 1712, Norris went on to establish a gristmill after he acquired Trent's share of the land. When Montgomery County was formers in 1784, Norristown was made the county seat. In 1812, it was incorporated as a borough. After the American Civil War, the borough rapidly grew to a population of 22,265 people. It was a retail, government, banking and industrial center with establishments such as:

  • Cigar factories
  • Breweries
  • Icehouses
  • Foundries
  • Textile mills
  • Rolling Mills
  • Lumberyards
  • Department stores
  • Theatres

They helped employment for skilled artisans and laborers in the area. However, World War II and the post-war era caused a decline in Norristown. Efforts to revitalize the borough have been in the works, but minimal changes have resulted from it.

As of 2010, Norristown has a population of 34,324 people and a total area of 3.519 square miles. It is situated along the Schuylkill River and is bounded by the townships of East Norriton, West Norriton, and Plymouth and the borough of Bridgeport.

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Norristown Farm Park

Norristown Farm Park is a 690-acre park just north of the borough of Norristown. Lying within the area of East and West Norriton and Norristown, the Pennsylvania state park operates in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Parks. It is a working farm surrounding the Norristown State Hospital and features several colonial era farm buildings and homes. The park offers recreational amenities such as an open green space, over seven miles of paved trails, hiking, walking, jogging, bicycling, cross-country skiing, picnicking, ball fields, and a stocked trout fishing stream. The Norristown Farm Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to sunset.

Elmwood Park Zoo

Elmwood Park Zoo is a small zoo on Harding Boulevard in Norristown. Opened in 1924, it is home to 300 animals and 100 species. Animals on exhibit are bison, zebras, red pandas, giraffes, otters, jaguars, "Penny" the American Alligator, and more. The zoo is also home to Noah, a North American bald eagle. Due to a head injury when he was a hatchling, he was deemed unfit to reenter the wild. Today, Noah is an ambassador for the zoo and teaches visitors about outreach programs on wildlife conservation. He is also the mascot for the Philadelphia Eagles, a professional football team.

As part of the Species Survival Plan program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that Elmwood Park Zoo has adopted, threatened animals are helped protected and managed within the zoo. These animals are the black-footed ferret, burrowing owl, Capybara, cougar, Chilean flamingo, Chacoan peccary, giraffe, golden lion tamarin, howler monkey, jaguar, North American river otter, North American porcupine, prehensile-tailed porcupine, prehensile-tailed skink, Puerto Rican crested toad, Panamanian golden frog, squirrel monkey and white-faced saki.

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