The history of Wayne and Pike Counties of PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 42 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 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 Day and Egle histories cover the early years, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes relating to sightseeing possibilities. The recently added excerpt from the 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. The Wayne communities mentioned include: Belmont, Bethany, Centreville, Clarksville (Canaan Corners), Damascus, Equinunk, Hawley, Honesdale, Lake Wallenpaupack, Leonardsville, Naglesville, Prompton (Pompton), Salem Corners, Stockport, Waymart (Weymart), Wayne, White mills. The Pike communities mentioned include: Bubbling Spring, Bushkill, Dingman (Dingman’s Ferry), Gouldsboro, Kimbles, Lackawaxen, Mast Hope, Matamoras, Milford, Millville, Newfoundland, Paupack, Porters Lake, Rowlands, Wilsonville. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: County terrain and geological traits; Delaware and Hudson Canal; Early Settlers; Glass Factories; Superb Quality Dairy Production; Arrest of New Englanders who invaded Indian Lands; Stourbridge Lion Monument: First Locomotive on American Rails; An account of the First Locomotive Trip in the Western Hemisphere; Milford a Town Ravaged by Fire?; The Sylvania Association (Society); Apple Groves at Mast Hope; One of the Fiercest Indian Battles; Tom Quick's Vow to Kill 100 Indians and his deathbed realization; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. ILLUSTRATIONS include Honesdale; Wayne County Soldiers' Monument, Honesdale; View of the Borough of Honesdale; View in Milford; Sawkill Falls; Pike County Courthouse, Milford.
Wayne and Pike Counties, PA
Sources: History of Pike County; History of Wayne County; Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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