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PHOENIXVILLE

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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 458 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PHOENIXVILLE, a borough of Chester county, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., on the Schuylkill river at the mouth of French Creek, about 28 M. north-west of Philadelphia. Pop. (189o), 8514; (1900), 9196, of whom 2221 were foreign-born and 278 were negroes; (1910 census), 10,743. It is served by the Pennsylvania (Schuylkill division) and the Philadelphia & Reading railways, and by electric railway to Spring City (pop. in 191o, 288o), 5 m. north-west of Phoenixville on the Schuylkill. Phoenixville is chiefly a manufacturing borough. Its blast-furnaces and iron mills were long among the largest in the country, and the manu-facture of steel is still the borough's predominant industry. Phoenixville was settled in 1732, and was incorporated in 1849.
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