The personal injury lawyers in Marcus Hook, PA, at Schuster Law have provided the following snippet into the borough’s history for your reading enjoyment.
The borough of Marcus Hook is located in the southern region of Delaware County in the state of Pennsylvania. The town takes up 1,036.8 acres, of which 332.8 acres are water, including Marcus Hook Creek that flows along the eastern border before dumping into the Delaware River. West 10th Street travels across the northern section of the town as Blueball Avenue and Hewes Avenue travel north and south. The nearby communities that share a border with the borough are Linwood, Trainer, and Feltonville.
The Lenape Native American Indians resided in the area prior to the European settlers that came around 1640. The area hosted a major settlement of the Natives, and as the Dutch began to settle, they established a trading post. The name of the borough came from a corrupted version of the Indian chief’s name, Maarte, added to the hook, which stood for the section of land projecting out into the water.
The Dutch did not retain control for long before the English took over in 1699. The town was prosperous but was plagued with pirates coming off the Delaware River. The pirates would sell their stolen items and buy supplies while avoiding the Philadelphia officials.
The waterfront community is home to Mickey Vernon Park. The park is named after former resident and American Major Baseball League first baseman James Barton “Mickey” Vernon. Vernon was born in the borough in 1918 and played for the following MLB teams:
- Washington Senators (1939–1948, 1950–1955)
- Cleveland Indians (1949–1950, 1958)
- Boston Red Sox (1956–1957)
- Milwaukee Braves (1959)
- Pittsburgh Pirates (1960)
Another great park in the neighborhood is on the waterfront off of Market Street, the Market Square Memorial Park. The park has shaded benches overlooking the river and paved walkways in addition to the open green fields that are perfect for picnicking. A community center is located next door to the park and offers great information for residents and visitors.
The borough was home to 2,314 residents in 2000. This included 919 households and 565 families within the 1,025 housing units. The racial makeup of the community was the following:
- 91.44% white
- 5.32% African American
- 1.77% Hispanic or Latino
- 0.09% Native American
- 0.61% Asian
- 0.00% Pacific Islander
- 0.69% other races
- 1.86% two or more races
The community’s median income per household was $28,219, and for a family was $36,083 per year. The per capita was $13,738, and as many as 21.7% of the population was living below the poverty line. The most common occupations held by the employed residents included the following:
- 23.21% healthcare support services
- 12.63% office and administrative support roles
- 7.80% food service jobs
Keep reading for more fun historical facts about the area: Getting to Know Sackville, PA
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