The first European settlers probably arrived in the area that is now Mifflin Township in the late 1770s, although the exact date cannot be determined. In 1799, the township was formed from part of Catawissa Township and named for Thomas Mifflin, governor of Pennsylvania. Mifflin Township historically did not have much industrial business, because of the lack of transportation until the construction of the North and West Branch Railroad. However, a gunpowder factory was erected in the township in 1855, although it was destroyed less than three days later in an explosion.
Thomas Mifflin, Governor of Pennsylvania
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