With easy travel on Interstate 80 and State Routes 11, 487, 54, 42, and nearby Interstate 81, Columbia County is less than three hours from New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Events and attractions in Columbia County include the Bloomsburg Fair, one of the largest fairs in the East, Knoebels Amusement Resort, the Covered Bridge and Arts Festival, Benton's Frontier Days and Rodeo, The Early Bird Sports Expo, craft fairs and festivals, and cultural programs all year with the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and Bloomsburg University. Some major employers in the area include State System of Higher Education, Magee Rieter Automotive Systems, Wise Foods Inc., and H J Heinz Company LP.* Columbia County (population 64,152) was created on March 22, 1813, from part of Northumberland County. Its name is a poetic allusion to America. Bloomsburg, the county seat since November 30, 1847, was incorporated as a town on March 4, 1870, and still is the only incorporated town in the state. Its name comes from Bloom Township, which was named for Samuel Bloom, a commissioner of Northumberland County. Danville, the county seat from 1813 to 1846, is now the county seat of Montour. Columbia County (486 square miles), in the heart of Pennsylvania, is home to rural farmlands, state game lands, state forests, nature preserves and the Susquehanna River and its tributaries. Columbia County has 24, 19 century bridges including the only twin covered bridges in the nation.
Principal cities, towns or municipalities
Chambers of Commerce
- The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce
- The Berwick Area Chamber of Commerce
- Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau
- School profiles
- EdNA - Search by county for information about schools, intermediate units, vocational technical schools, and higher education.
- Bloomsburg University
Housing, recreation, shopping, restaurants
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