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Summit Hill in Carbon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Switchback Railroad

 
 
Switchback Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 2, 2015
1. Switchback Railroad Marker
Inscription. A gravity railroad was built along this mountain in 1827 to carry coal from the mines near Summit Hill to the Lehigh Canal at Mauch Chunk. A back-track and two planes were added in 1844 for the return trip by gravity. Railroad crossed the highway here.
 
Erected 1971 by Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 50.628′ N, 75° 48.37′ W. Marker is in Summit Hill, Pennsylvania, in Carbon County. Marker is on East White Bear Drive (SR 3012). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Summit Hill PA 18250, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Molly Maguire Executions (approx. 3.4 miles away); Old Presbyterian Cemetery (approx. 3.6 miles away); Philip Ginter (approx. 3.8 miles away); Soldiers Monument (approx. 3.8 miles away); From Mountain to Market (approx. 3.8 miles away); Anthracite (approx. 3.8 miles away); Mauch Chunk Railroad Station (approx. 3.8 miles away); Packer Mansion (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Summit Hill.
 
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Switchback Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 2, 2015
2. Switchback Railroad Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 13 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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