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Blakeslee in Monroe County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Easton and Wilkes-Barre Turnpike

 
 
Easton and Wilkes-Barre Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rick Bodenschatz, June 9, 2017
1. Easton and Wilkes-Barre Turnpike Marker
Inscription.  A privately-owned toll road was chartered in 1803 and completed by 1816. It followed the course of today’s route 115 in our township, with tollgates about every 17-miles. Grain from the Wyoming Valley, lumber from the Poconos, and building plaster from NY State all moved on the turnpike, as did stagecoaches with US Mail. By 1860, railroads were the preferred mode for moving freight, causing the turnpike to become a public road.
 
Erected 2017 by Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania History Tour, Tobyhanna Township series list.
 
Location. 41° 5.394′ N, 75° 35.361′ W. Marker is in Blakeslee, Pennsylvania, in Monroe County. Marker is on PA Route 115 (Pennsylvania Route 115) half a mile south of PA Route 940 (Pennsylvania Route 940), on the left when traveling south. Next to carwash. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5636 PA Route 115, Blakeslee PA 18610, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker
Easton and Wilkes-Barre Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rick Bodenschatz, June 9, 2017
2. Easton and Wilkes-Barre Turnpike Marker
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, measured as the crow flies. Blakeslee Community Center (approx. 0.3 miles away); Blakeslee United Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First Schoolhouse (approx. half a mile away); Harrison Amusement Park (approx. half a mile away); Jacob Blakeslee, Jr. (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Great Swamp (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Battle of Locust Ridge (approx. 3.3 miles away); Wagner's Tree Farm (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blakeslee.
 
Also see . . .  Easton and Wilkes-Barre Dedication Site. (Submitted on June 20, 2017, by Rick Bodenschatz of Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2017. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2017, by Rick Bodenschatz of Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2017, by Rick Bodenschatz of Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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