King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, is a city northwest of Philadelphia. The city is about 20 miles outside of downtown Philadelphia.
The King of Prussia Mall is on the southern end of the city and is in between the two highways. The mall is the second-largest in the United States based on leasable area. The mall features about 2.65 million square feet of space and has more than 400 stores.
The Valley Forge National Historical Park is to the west of King of Prussia. The 3,500-acre park features many restored and recreated structures. The park highlights the areas where the Continental Army was camped at for six months in 1778. A colonial home that George Washington used as the headquarters for operations appears in a park of the park.
The Upper Merion Area School District serves students in the city. The Mother Teresa Regional Catholic School is also in King of Prussia.
The Valley Forge Casino Resort is on the western end of the city. The casino features a convention center, a hotel with nearly 500 rooms, and of the state’s first legal sports betting sites.
King of Prussia, PA, was first settled in 1719 with the construction of the King of Prussia Inn by Welsh Quakers. The cottage took its name in the 1770s, possibly in honor of Benjamin Franklin’s satirical essay “An Edict by the King of Prussia.” The city grew in the 1960s through the construction of multiple neighborhoods. King of Prussia is considered to be one of the earliest examples of an edge city. The King of Prussia Mall opened in 1963 and expanded from being an open-air mall to one of the world’s largest shopping centers.
King of Prussia is to the south of the Schuylkill River. The city’s population is slightly under 20,000.
The interstate highways move through King of Prussia. The Schuylkill Expressway or I-76 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike or I-276 appear respectively on the south and central parts of the city.
A business park is to the northwest of the King of Prussia Mall. There are more than sixty businesses that have offices in the area. Among the largest employers in the city include GlaxoSmithKline, Lockheed Martin, Arkema, BNY Mellon, and HIBU of Pennsylvania.
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