The history of Carbon County in Pennsylvania, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 39 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted to fit 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A clear vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania (1843) by Sherman Day; An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1876) by William Egle, M.D.; Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State compiled by WPA writers; and My Pennsylvania, a 1946 project of the Bureau of Publications, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Some Information may be repeated in various excerpts, but often with a different slant or with additional details.) The communities mentioned include: Mauch Chunk, Beaver Meadow, Hazelton, Lausanne, Lowry Town, Taylor’s Retreat, Penn Haven, Cliffton, Lehighton, Weissport, Parryville, East Mauch Chunk, Packerton, Summit Hill, Nesquehoning, Weatherly, Rock-Port, Lansford, Jeansville, Yorktown, Buck Mountain, Mill-Port, Hudsondale, Bowmanstown, Palmertown, and Lehigh Water Gap. The Day and Egle histories cover the early development of this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There is occasionally some duplication of material, but often with a different slant or with additional details. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Moravian Missionaries and Indian Christians at Gnadenhotten and New Gadenhotten; Attack on the Mission House; Monument to those who died; How Dr. Franklin encouraged prayer attendance; Indian Encounters; Fort Allen; Moravian Marriage Arrangements; Suspicions of Irish Freebooters toward the Indian converts; Captivity of the Gilbert family; Running the gauntlet; “adoption” of Indian captives; Discovery of coal in area; Lehigh Coal Mine Co., and early mining techniques; Second Railroad in USA; a Tragic flood in 1786 at Weissport; the Importance of a forgotten jacket; Mt. Pisgah and the “far-famed switch-back railroad”, Beautiful cascades and water falls; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The recently added fourth book includes a 1940s map of the county, several photos and a concise update of the county's progress as it looked shortly after World War II. ILLUSTRATIONS include Mauch Chunk, Part of Summit Coal Mine, Curious Artificial Hills, Carbon County Court House, Mt. Pisgah Inclined Plane; The Cascade at Glen Onoko, Onoko Falls at Glen Onoko, Amber Cascade at Glen Thomas, Cloud Point, and Nesquehoning Bridge.
Carbon County, PA
Sources: History of Carbon County Pennsylvania; Compiled from Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania, An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Etc.
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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