Allentown is a City in the United States

By: Douglas Scott

Allentown is a city located in Pennsylvania in the United States. It is the third most populous city. Located on the Lehigh River it is the largest of three adjacent cities that comprise a region of eastern Pennsylvania known as the Lehigh Valley, with the cities of Bethlehem and Easton nearby. Allentown is north of Philadelphia and 90 miles west of New York City.

William Allen the mayor of Philadelphia and later chief justice of Pennsylvania, laid out the town in 1762, naming it Northampton. It was incorporated as the borough of Northampton in 1811 and in 1838 officially renamed Allentown.

The estimated population in 2003 was 105,958.

Dorney Park and Wild water Kingdom, a highly popular amusement park, is located near Allentown.

Known for its popular Secrets of Allentown Tour of Homes held in early fall and the funky Allen West Festival held on Allen Street from Elmwood to Wadsworth in mid June, the Allentown Association relies greatly on fundraising events such as these and membership contributions.

This large concrete span with its massive arches was built in 1912 by the Lehigh Valley Transit Company, as a streetcar and inters urban line, to connect Allentown with the newly developing south Allentown neighbourhoods and to cross the frequently flooded Little Lehigh Creek.

The Allentown Symphony Hall, formerly Lyric Theatre, was built in the 1890s. The old Lyric has witnessed performances by some of the leading stage figures of the late 19th and early 20th century America. Today it is home of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and is also used by touring theatrical groups.

The iron and railroad industry transformed the hamlet when German and Irish workers flooded the area seeking a better wage and a better life. As the Industrial Revolution peaked in the early 20th century, so did Allentowns economy, springing up silk mills and manufacturing factories.

Late night owls will enjoy local and national bands and Karaoke nights at Banana Joes or the Crocodile Rock Cafe.

Catch a play at the Theatre Outlet. Afterwards, head to the Federal Grill and Cigar Bar.

Music lovers take heed Allentown is home to an impressive number of performing groups, like the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra and the Allentown Symphony Association. Check the local listings to see if theres a concert or recital going on while youre in the area.

A great place to be come and see for yourself and dont forget to have fun.

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