BURNSIDE TOWNSHIP

Burnside Township was erected out of Snow Shoe at November Sessions, 1856. It was named in honor of Hon. Thomas Burnside, formerly President Judge of the courts of the county, and afterwards Judge of the Supreme Court, who died March 25, 1851. Its northern boundary is the west branch of the Susquehanna river and its western boundary Black Moshannon creek. Its post-office Pine Glenn, was established in 1854. The character of the land is wild and mountainous. A large body of land, known as "The Philadelphia City Lands," is located in this township. These are leased by the Spruce Run Park Association for fishing and hunting purposes. About 10,000 acres are enclosed and the streams Baughers, Spruce Run, etc., stocked with fish.

(SOURCE: Eleventh Census of the Population of the United States Published by Boroughs and Townships, in Connection with a Business Directory of the Same, Bellefonte, Pa., 1890.)

BURNSIDE TOWNSHIP CENSUS FIGURES

1860--434
1870--386
1880--465
1890--530
1900--444
1910--356
1920--244
1930--247
1940--344
1950--274
1960--463
1970--430
1980--471
1990--390
2000--410

(SOURCE: U.S. Census of Population, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce.)

TOWNS & VILLAGES

Villages or towns within Burnside Township include German Settlement, Germania, Pine Glen, Pine Swamp, Sterling Landing and Buttermilk Falls. For a further discussion of these, see Paul M. Dubbs, Where to Go and Place-Names of Centre County, 1961.

TAX ASSESSMENT RECORDS

Tax assessment records for Burnside Township from 1857 forward can be found in the basement of the Centre County Library and Historical Museum in Bellefonte. Persons wishing to use these records must first sign the Guest Researcher register in the Pennsylvania Room.

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Copyright 2001 by Robert L. Baker