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Walnutport in Northampton County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lehigh River

 
 
Lehigh River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 6, 2015
1. Lehigh River Marker
Inscription. Once owned by the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company, the Lehigh River was the only privately owned river in the United States. In 1818 the Pennsylvania Legislature gave the company the right to make the river navigable for the transportation of coal. The company’s leaders, Josiah White and Erskine Hazard, helped develop a system of dams, bear trap locks, and canals to aid in the transportation of coal. The industrial revolution was fueled by the hundreds of thousands of tons of coal and other raw materials transported down the river to Philadelphia.
 
Erected 2008 by Northern Lehigh Future Focus.
 
Location. 40° 45.172′ N, 75° 36.098′ W. Marker is in Walnutport, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County. Marker is on Lehigh Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Walnutport PA 18088, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Floating From Mine to Market (a few steps from this marker); Lehigh Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Anchor Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walnutport (about 600 feet away); Pennsylvania House Slate Exchange Hotel
Lehigh River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 6, 2015
2. Lehigh River Marker
(about 700 feet away); Slate Industry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lehigh Valley Railroad Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kern Settlers (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Walnutport.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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