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Columbia County

Columbia County was created on March 22, 1813, from portions of Northumberland County.  The county’s name comes from Columbus, the Latinized form of Columbo, the Italian name of the greater explorer known to Americans as Christopher Columbus.  Its county seat is Bloomsburg.  Fifteen years before Columbia County was formed from Northumberland County, Joseph Hopkinson’s song, Hail Columbia, debuted in the Chestnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, performed by the popular young actor, Gilbert Fox

This song at once attained wide recognition as a patriotic protest against the undiplomatic actions of Citizen Adet, the French minister who dared to encourage the citizens of the United States to revolt against their own government.  Consequently, the name Columbia became widely used as a poetic nickname for America.  Though this name went into use before Hail Columbia was written, the famous song was instrumental in popularizing it.

Columbia County is well-known for possessing Pennsylvania’s third largest concentration of covered bridges. Nineteen bridges are located within the county, with four spanning the border between Columbia and Northumberland Counties.

Pennsylvania lawyers practicing law in Columbia County specialize in various niches of the law, including areas like bankruptcy law, employment law, personal injury law, immigration, family law, medical malpractice law, workers compensation law, and even criminal law.  Criminal law involves, logically enough, crimes committed by one party against another and are broken up into two subsets:  felonies and misdemeanors.  Felonies are larger offenses that typically result in harsher punishments.  Misdemeanors are smaller offenses that yield sentences that are not quite as harsh.  It is recommended that defendants retain one of the many experienced Pennsylvania lawyers practicing criminal law to represent them no matter which type of crime they have been accused of committing.

One common area of law for which Pennsylvania residents in Columbia County often need the assistance of a good Pennsylvania lawyer is that of child custody law.  When it comes to custody law in the state of Pennsylvania, promoting the best interests of the child is paramount.  Pennsylvania lawyers who practice family law will advise their clients that the State places a great deal of importance on regular contact between children and both parents after they have separated or divorced.

While the State encourages parties to reach amicable agreements through their Pennsylvania lawyers regarding custody of the children, it holds the welfare of the children in such high regard that it reserves the final right to decide custody.  The court will give weight to the parents’ proposed decision but they do not have the ultimate say.  Of course, as long as the agreement between the parents is fair and beneficial to the children, the court will most likely approve the custody arrangements they propose.

Pennsylvania lawyers experienced in family law know that the State does not allow children to be treated in the same way property is dealt with in divorce settlements–they are not property.  One Pennsylvania judge opined that “[a] child cannot be made the subject of a contract with the same force and effect as if it were a mere chattel”.  In other words, parents cannot use their children as bargaining tools when negotiating their divorce arrangements.  If the court discovers–or even suspects–that parents have traded custody rights for some sort of property considerations, it will not honor the parents’ decision.  Even after the divorce decree is granted, the court may modify the custody agreement at any time.

Pennsylvania law provides for four types of incorporated municipalities:  cities, boroughs, townships, and, rarer cases, towns.  Below are listed the cities, boroughs and townships located in Columbia County:



  • Ashland (partial)
  • Benton
  • Berwick
  • Briar Creek
  • Catawissa
  • Centralia
  • Millville
  • Orangeville
  • Stillwater


  • Beaver Township
  • Benton Township
  • Briar Creek Township
  • Catawissa Township
  • Cleveland Township
  • Conyngham Township
  • Fishing Creek Township
  • Franklin Township
  • Greenwood Township
  • Hemlock Township
  • Jackson Township
  • Locust Township
  • Madison Township
  • Main Township
  • Mifflin Township
  • Montour Township
  • Mount Pleasant Township
  • North Centre Township
  • Orange Township
  • Pine Township
  • Roaring Creek Township
  • Scott Township
  • South Centre Township
  • Sugarloaf Township

Census-designated places

Census-designated places are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law, but are compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau in order to compile demographic data.  Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, are sometimes categorized here as well.

  • Almedia
  • Aristes
  • Buckhorn
  • Espy
  • Eyers Grove
  • Fernville
  • Foundryville
  • Iola
  • Jamison City
  • Jerseytown
  • Jonestown
  • Lightstreet
  • Lime Ridge
  • Locustdale
  • Mainville
  • Mifflinville
  • Numidia
  • Rohrsburg
  • Rupert
  • Slabtown
  • Waller
  • Wilburton Number One
  • Wilburton Number Two

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