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A subsequent survey done in 1753 by David Schultz for a road from Easton to Reading, of which present-day Union and Jackson streets were links, shows the location of a log house owned by Allen, situated near the western bank of Jordan Creek, which was believed to have been built around 1740.
Patriots pressured Tories out of Northampton County, and plans were made for the raising of a militia.
The area that is today the center of Allentown was laid out as Northampton Town in 1762 by William Allen, a wealthy shipping merchant, former mayor of the city of Philadelphia and then-Chief Justice of the Province of Pennsylvania.
It is likely that a certain amount of rivalry with the Penns prompted Judge Allen to decide to start a town of his own in 1762.
On March 18, 1811, the town was formally incorporated as the borough of Northampton Town.
On March 6, 1812, Lehigh County was formed from the western half of Northampton County, and Northampton Town was selected as the county seat.
Allentown was one of only six communities in the country to have been named a "national success story" in April 2016 by the Urban Land Institute for its downtown redevelopment and transformation that has generated nearly US$1,000,000,000 in new development projects as of April 2019.