Place:Port Matilda, Centre, Pennsylvania, United States

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NamePort Matilda
TypeBorough
Coordinates40.8°N 78.051°W
Located inCentre, Pennsylvania, United States     (1850 - )
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Port Matilda is a borough in Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the State College, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 606 at the 2010 census.

Port Matilda Borough was laid out by Squire Clement Beckwith in 1850 and named in honor of his daughter, Matilda. Why he chose to call it "Port" Matilda is not clear, but it may have reflected his hope that the town would eventually be connected to the Bald Eagle and Spring Creek Branch of the Pennsylvania Canal. While the canal did not reach Port Matilda, the Bald Eagle Railroad did, and the community became a market center in the Bald Eagle Valley for agricultural and lumber products.

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