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Albany Township's Last Mountain Lion

March 24, 2023

Location:
Albany Township Historical Society, 404 Old Philly Pike, Kempton, PA 19529

7:30 – 8:30 PM

In August 1874, the Reading Eagle reported that hunters in Albany Township had killed the region's last Mountain Lion. In the weeks that followed, dozens of additional newspapers, from across the country, shared this story, with each providing new sensational details of the hunters' ordeal. Interest in the tale was rekindled decades later, after the taxidermied remains of the Albany Township mountain lion appeared at an estate sale. Join Bradley Smith, Archivist at the Berks History Center of Reading, PA, as he discusses the facts—and the mythology—surrounding this intriguing local legend.