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The Pennsylvania state capital is Harrisburg.
The population of Dunmore is approximately 15,403 (1990), 14057 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 6,307 (1990), 5999 (2010).
The amount of land area in Dunmore is 22.647 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.187 sq kilometers.
The distance from Dunmore to Washington DC is 189 miles.
The distance to the Pennsylvania state capital is 103 miles. (as the crow flies)
Dunmore is positioned 41.41 degrees north of the equator and 75.60 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in the general Scranton area of northeast Pennsylvania.
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History & History Related Items

Dunmore is a Borough rather than a city.

"The naming of Dunmore is the result of a smooth bribe gone for naught. The year was 1838, and Dunmore was then known as Bucktown, named for its abundant deer herds. A young Englishman, Charles Augustus Murray, had spent several weeks that year fishing and hunting around old Bucktown. During this time, several local railroad men befriended Murray and learned of his father, a wealthy English nobleman - the Fifth Earl of Dunmore. The railmen persuaded Chuck to return home to borrow $ 1.5 million from dear old dad; the money would help finance a rail link from here to New York. Ever pure in their motives, the railmen discarded the name Bucktown in favor of Dunmore, out of deference, no doubt, to the Earl's inherent magnificence. Unfortunately it appears the Earl was less than impressed - Charles never returned. He was sent off instead to diplomatic chores in Persia, and the name "Bucktown" slowly faded away, though high school teams are still called The Bucks. "
(from Name Origins of Northeast PA Towns by Mike O'Hara)
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