MG 157 - Landis Brothers' Mill Dam

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Scope and Content

Consists of a bound volume of original documents concerning the purchase and destruction of the Landis Brothers' Mill Dam in 1795 including the subscription papers, signatures of the citizens who agreed with the plan to purchase the mill, accounts of payments made, a copy of the bond the committee gave to the Landis brothers, Articles of Agreement for the purchase of the mill, a listing of the mill dam taxes for 1795-97, and receipts.


The citizens of Harrisburg in 1795 believed that the epidemic of fever which had infected many of the people was caused by a huge pond of stagnant water at the Landis Mill Dam on Paxton Creek. A committee was appointed to investigate and arranged to pay 2600 pounds to the Landis brothers for their property. The money was raised by assessments on residents' property. The committee was met by resistance from the Landis brothers who wanted a price well in excess of the 2600 pounds, so a march against the dam was organized and the dam was destroyed, April 18, 1795.

Date(s): 1795-1797

Extent: 1 box, 1 item