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Souderton, a town (population in 1959, 4,623, 6,730 in 2000; coordinates: <span title="Latitude">40° 18′ 36.77″ N</span>, <span title="Longitude">75° 18′ 45.65″ W</span>) in [[Montgomery County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Montgomery County]], [[Pennsylvania (USA)|Pennsylvania]], midway between Philadelphia and Allentown, was incorporated as a borough in 1888. Mennonites from the surrounding area, mostly west of town, made up a goodly portion of the earlier inhabitants. There are over 1,400 baptized Mennonites of the [[Mennonite Church (MC)|Mennonite Church]] (MC) and [[General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM)|General Conference Mennonite]] (GCM) groups and an unaffiliated church, living in Souderton. Probably 40 per cent of [[Franconia Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA)|Franconia Conference Mennonites]] (MC) use Souderton as a shopping center. At least five Mennonite congregations were established in the area in the first half of the 18th century, namely, Franconia, Rockhill, [[Salford Mennonite Church (Salford, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA)|Salford]], [[Line Lexington Mennonite Church (Line Lexington, Pennsylvania, USA)|Line Lexington]], and [[Plains Mennonite Church (Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA)|Plains]], all 3-5 miles away. Agriculture, marketing, and [[Industrialization|industry]] are the principal means of livelihood.
 
Souderton, a town (population in 1959, 4,623, 6,730 in 2000; coordinates: <span title="Latitude">40° 18′ 36.77″ N</span>, <span title="Longitude">75° 18′ 45.65″ W</span>) in [[Montgomery County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Montgomery County]], [[Pennsylvania (USA)|Pennsylvania]], midway between Philadelphia and Allentown, was incorporated as a borough in 1888. Mennonites from the surrounding area, mostly west of town, made up a goodly portion of the earlier inhabitants. There are over 1,400 baptized Mennonites of the [[Mennonite Church (MC)|Mennonite Church]] (MC) and [[General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM)|General Conference Mennonite]] (GCM) groups and an unaffiliated church, living in Souderton. Probably 40 per cent of [[Franconia Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA)|Franconia Conference Mennonites]] (MC) use Souderton as a shopping center. At least five Mennonite congregations were established in the area in the first half of the 18th century, namely, Franconia, Rockhill, [[Salford Mennonite Church (Salford, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA)|Salford]], [[Line Lexington Mennonite Church (Line Lexington, Pennsylvania, USA)|Line Lexington]], and [[Plains Mennonite Church (Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA)|Plains]], all 3-5 miles away. Agriculture, marketing, and [[Industrialization|industry]] are the principal means of livelihood.
 
 
  
 
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[[Map:Souderton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA|Map:Souderton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA]]
 
[[Map:Souderton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA|Map:Souderton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA]]
 
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Souderton, a town (population in 1959, 4,623, 6,730 in 2000; coordinates: 40° 18′ 36.77″ N, 75° 18′ 45.65″ W) in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, midway between Philadelphia and Allentown, was incorporated as a borough in 1888. Mennonites from the surrounding area, mostly west of town, made up a goodly portion of the earlier inhabitants. There are over 1,400 baptized Mennonites of the Mennonite Church (MC) and General Conference Mennonite (GCM) groups and an unaffiliated church, living in Souderton. Probably 40 per cent of Franconia Conference Mennonites (MC) use Souderton as a shopping center. At least five Mennonite congregations were established in the area in the first half of the 18th century, namely, Franconia, Rockhill, Salford, Line Lexington, and Plains, all 3-5 miles away. Agriculture, marketing, and industry are the principal means of livelihood.

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Map:Souderton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA


Author(s) Jacob M Moyer
Date Published 1959


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Moyer, Jacob M. "Souderton (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 23 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Souderton_(Montgomery_County,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=85112.

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Moyer, Jacob M. (1959). Souderton (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Souderton_(Montgomery_County,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=85112.




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