King of Prussia

King of Prussia is in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County and  took its name from a local tavern named the King of Prussia Inn.  King of Prussia has been experiencing rapid development over the last number of years. The largest shopping mall in the United States, the King of Prussia Mall, is located here. There are hundreds of shops and restaurants. Residents living in all directions from miles around come to shop here.

The  King of Prussia Inn was originally constructed as a cottage in 1719 by Welsh Quakers. The cottage was converted to an inn in 1769 and did a steady business in colonial times as it was approximately a day's travel by horse from Philadelphia. Settlers headed west to Ohio would sleep at the inn on their first night on the road. General George Washington  visited the tavern. The inn was moved with the expansion of U.S. Route 202,

Extensive suburban development has taken place since the 1960s. The vibrant economic growth and prosperity that has occurred in King of Prussia has taken much of what existed in Philadelphia and has become the major economic center of the whole area. Until 1960, the Greater King of Prussia area was known for little more than being the place of Washington's winter layover in adjacent Valley Forge National Historical Park.
 
General Electric's arrival helped the expansion along and many major companies continue to move to the areas close to King of Prussia.
 
 King of Prussia is not incorporated, but still has a post office known as the King of Prussia Post Office. The zip code 19406 includes King of Prussia, Bridgeport, parts of Wayne and Radnor Township, King Manor, and most of Gulph Mills. The local fire department carries the King of Prussia name, whereas the police department and the school district carry the Upper Merion name.

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