About Pocono Township
Pocono Township is located right within the 'heart' of the Pocono Mountain region, residing right within Monroe County in Pennsylvania.
Pocono Township offers a unique community experience for prospective visitors and residents. People who visit and/or live within this township will likely encounter a wide variety of attractions. These attractions and destinations include Pocono's beautiful resorts, various business establishments and perhaps one of the largest skiing areas in the region.
Today, Pocono is home to a large variety of people who enjoy living in the quiet, yet vacation-friendly township. There are even many nice Pocono homes for people to consider if they're planning to move any time soon.
Pocono Township Today
Today, Pocono enjoys a healthy population of around 11,000 (as of 2010), in addition to a relatively healthy tourism scene supported by many people from across the country and around the world. The Pocono real estate scene is relatively healthy, offering a good selection of Pocono homes for interested transplants.
The beautiful scenery surrounding Pocono Township is known as 'one of the most scenic 360-degree views of the entirety of the Pocono Mountains.
Much like other townships, Pocono Township possessed several different names over the past two centuries. Some of its early village names include Swiftwater, Scotrun, Tannersville, Meisertown and Bartonsville. Pocono's current name is actually derived from a Native American term meaning, 'a stream that runs through two mountains.'
Pocono was actually originally a part of Northampton County, created through a petition of the Northampton County courts in November 1816. John Learn is one of the earliest settlers of this Township, having arrived in the present day Pocono Township area by the mid 1700s.
From there, early settlers started developing the first roads. The first road that ran through Pocono Township was the North-South Road. As roads and subsequent railroads started filling the city, it eventually opened 'the gates' for more visitors to move into the region. As a result, Pocono Township started fostering the beginnings of its tourism industry.
Even people who experienced significant illnesses visited the Township, thanks to the clean mountain air and peaceful surroundings that made the recovery process much better.
Pocono Township also has a storied history with illnesses and medicine. Dr. Richard Slee arrived in Pocono in early 1890 after leaving New York to recuperate from a case of cholera. By 1897, he eventually established a laboratory known as Pocono Biological Laboratories, where he later manufactured the small pox vaccine.
The vaccine's success led to the further development of the laboratory. They later manufactured vaccines for diseases like tetanus, diphtheria and typhoid. Sanofi Pastuer eventually opened their own institution on the former property; there, they continue to make vaccines as one of the largest employers in the county.