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The capital of Pennsylvania, in the southeast-central part of the state west-northwest of Philadelphia. Settled in the early 1700s as Harris' Ferry, it was renamed in 1785 and became the capital in 1812.


(Placename) a city in S Pennsylvania, on the Susquehanna River: the state capital. Pop: 48 322 (2003 est)


(ˈhær ɪsˌbɜrg)

the capital of Pennsylvania, in the S part, on the Susquehanna River. 51,720.
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Noun1.Harrisburg - capital of Pennsylvania; located in southern part of state
Keystone State, Pennsylvania, PA - a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
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The four railways from Philadelphia and Washington, Harrisburg and Wheeling, which converge at Baltimore, whirled away the heterogeneous population to the four corners of the United States, and the city subsided into comparative tranquility.
Accordingly, having reduced the luggage within the smallest possible compass (by sending back to New York, to be afterwards forwarded to us in Canada, so much of it as was not absolutely wanted); and having procured the necessary credentials to banking- houses on the way; and having moreover looked for two evenings at the setting sun, with as well-defined an idea of the country before us as if we had been going to travel into the very centre of that planet; we left Baltimore by another railway at half-past eight in the morning, and reached the town of York, some sixty miles off, by the early dinner-time of the Hotel which was the starting-place of the four-horse coach, wherein we were to proceed to Harrisburg.
If here ain't the Harrisburg mail at last, and dreadful bright and smart to look at too,' cried an elderly gentleman in some excitement, 'darn my mother
I don't know what the sensation of being darned may be, or whether a man's mother has a keener relish or disrelish of the process than anybody else; but if the endurance of this mysterious ceremony by the old lady in question had depended on the accuracy of her son's vision in respect to the abstract brightness and smartness of the Harrisburg mail, she would certainly have undergone its infliction.
At length, however, we emerged upon the streets of Harrisburg, whose feeble lights, reflected dismally from the wet ground, did not shine out upon a very cheerful city.
The fact about Drawbaugh is that he was a mechanic in a country village near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Sunday at Dorrisville Baptist Church in Harrisburg.
With Steven, the company will expand its retail side, improving and continuing its 30-year track record of service to the Harrisburg community.
HARRISBURG - Fireworks aren't the only Fourth of July tradition.
In 1981, after both the steel and dairy industries began suffering contraction, Harrisburg was named by one legal study the second-most-distressed city in the country.
The Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country will feature 12 wineries, all of them within a 45-minute drive from Harrisburg.

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