Civic City was founded in 1847 by Karl Roetling, a German Lutheran immigrant who made some money in the steel industry and set up the town as his own little utopia. His vision was cut short by the American Civil War and then his own death in 1864. The city's steel industry continued to grown, not just with Roetling's company but others as well. At its height during the industry boom of World War II, the city had 100.000 inhabitants. The JSA set up their first HQ there during the War.
The expansion brought the city's borders closer to Philadelphia. Following the war, the industry waned, and in 1951, Civic City got swallowed up by the bigger city. As a fairly affluent suburb, most of the population commutes to Philadelphia.
Points of Interest
- Justice Society of America (during the 1940s)