The history of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 33 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from three hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted for 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: 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: Allentown (formerly Northampton), Emmaus (Emaus); Millerstown, Segarsville, New Tripoli, Linnville, Foglesville, Trexlerstown, Freyburg, Friedensville (formerly Cranesville), Slatington, Macungie (formerly Millerstown), Coplay or Schreibers, Hokendauqua, and Whitehall. The Egle history covers 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. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Early Settlers; Physical Features; Trial of John Fries for Treason over “The House Tax”; Homeopathic Medical School; William Allen, founder of Allentown, and his family; Two snakes at a Communion Service; German and Pennsylvania German; Zinc Mines at Friedensville; Murders by Indian in 1756; Massacre by Indians in 1763 in Whitehall Township; County Involvement in the Revolution and the War of 1812; the “Allen Infantry” and other Civil War soldiers; Pennsylvania Dutch with Fast Clocks and Hex Signs; Eastern State Penitentiary; Hiding Place for the Liberty Bell; 1940 Points of Interest and map of Allentown; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. ILLUSTRATIONS include Eastern View of Allentown, Lehigh County Court House, Deshler’s Fort, Site of Shikellimy’s Town, near Lewisburg.
Lehigh County, PA
Sources: An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; History of Lehigh County Pennsylvania
Authors: William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1876
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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