Montrose is a borough in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, United States,37 miles north by west of Scranton. The land is elevated about 1,400 feet above sea level, Montrose was laid out in 1812. The first courthouse was built a year later, and Montrose was incorporated as a borough from part of Bridgewater Township on March 29,1824. Its name is a combination of mont, the French word for “mountain” and Rose, for Dr. L R. Rose, the traditional older industries included creameries and the manufacturing of cut glass, boxes, sawing machinery, lumber, etc. In 1900,1,827 people lived here, and in 1910,1,914 people lived here, the population was 1,664 at the 2000 census. The population was 1,617 at the 2010 census and it is the county seat of Susquehanna County. The area of Montrose is notable for its many quarry sites, a type of rock that is indigenous to this area is called blue stone. The American Revolution dramatically changed the political and built environments of New England, after the war, there was pent-up land hunger and many residents wanted some of the affordable land in Pennsylvania. When settlers arrived in what is now Susquehanna County they found rolling hills, clear lakes, and mountain streams with an abundance of natural resources such as timber and bluestone. In a very short period of time, the first families built Montrose in the style of their home New England towns, large colonial style houses surrounding churches, a town “green” adjacent to the courthouse was the commons, or place for community events. Folklore has it that many of these remained in Montrose or Susquehanna County after the War. The Susquehanna County Historical Society and the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies remain dedicated to identifying and analyzing primary documents of the time, historians have found little documentation to support the Underground Railroad claims. Between the 1950s and 1990s, due to the declines in the industry and agriculture. It was not until oil started to be drilled for in the late 2000s that the economy began to pick up. Due to increased revenues in town, the Montrose hospital was moved from an old and small facility downtown to a large, the towns Sylvanus Mulford House, Silver Lake Bank, and Susquehanna County Courthouse Complex are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Montrose Historic District was added in 2011, Montrose is located at 41°49′59″N 75°52′38″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has an area of 1.3 square miles. As of the census of 2010, there were 1,617 people,754 households, the population density was 1,243.8 people per square mile
Downtown Montrose, Pennsylvania
Montrose, Pennsylvania, as depicted on an 1890 panoramic map.
Image: Susquehanna County Pennsylvania Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Montrose Highlighted