Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Today we’ll be seeing our beautiful county from above. We’ll also be taking a look through a historical lens, seeing areas of the county as they were decades ago. So sit back, fasten your seatbelts, and enjoy the view as you try and spot your favorite locations or differences across the landscape.

All pictures are from the public domain sites of the Pennsylvania Imagery Navigator and Historical Aerial Viewer, which offer aerial photography in a wide range of filters, forms, dates, and more. (Aerial imagery available here).

Here we see a small subsection of Northeast Lebanon. Note the natural features as a reference point between the two pictures. The first is from 1993, while the second is from 2019. Overall, the structure has not changed much over nearly three decades. What sorts of small details can you notice, however? See what sorts of new buildings and residential areas you can spot all amidst the natural geography of the region.

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NE Lebanon, 1993 (left) and 2019 (right). Drag bar to compare.

For example, take a look at this region in particular. More development in the form of superstores and complexes. Will this trend continue in the future?

NE Lebanon (zoomed), 1993 (left) and 2019 (right).
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The years were kind to South Hills Park, as it remains a beautiful location for all sorts of outdoor activities. Some slight changes have occurred over the recent decades as well. Notice any?

South Hills Park, 1993 (left) and 2019 (right).

Referred to as “Historic Downtown Lebanon,”we get a small sense of how historic the city is given how little it has changed over the decades. Note the city layout that remains consistent. Can you spot the Farmers Market, or the Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital?

Downtown Lebanon, 1993 (left) and 2019 (right).
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Any Lebanon Valley College alumni on board? Take a look at the college back in 1993—and everything it added in the following decades.

LVC, 1993.
LVC, 2019.

Overall, Lebanon county remains a beautiful county full of farmlands. Trends in the geography of the county show more residential areas and complexes that persist no doubt across the world. Take a look at the sites yourself to see how your favorite locations have changed over decades. Bask not only in nostalgic memory but in how the countryside existed decades earlier.

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