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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.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2006
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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Lehigh Canal, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1827.
 
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). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Summit Hill PA 18250, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Five Mile Tree Crossover (approx. 0.9 miles away); Molly Maguire Executions (approx. 3.4 miles away); Backtrack Trestle (approx. 3˝ miles away); This House (1844 A.D.)
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(approx. 3.6 miles away); Old Presbyterian Cemetery (approx. 3.6 miles away); Exploring The Corridor (approx. 3.6 miles away); Lehigh Gorge State Park (approx. 3.6 miles away); Romance in the Woods (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Summit Hill.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Mauch Chunk Switchback Railroad
 
Also see . . .  MarkerQuest - Switchback Railroad. Further information about the history of the Switchback Railroad. (Submitted on October 21, 2020, by Laura Klotz of Northampton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Switchback Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 2, 2015
2. Switchback Railroad Marker
Switchback Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 2, 2015
3. Switchback Railroad Marker
Switchback Trail Sign (<i>on rail trail, former railroad bed, near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2006
4. Switchback Trail Sign (on rail trail, former railroad bed, near marker)
First Gravity Railroad Sign (<i>on rail trail, former railroad bed, near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2006
5. First Gravity Railroad Sign (on rail trail, former railroad bed, near marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 356 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on October 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1. submitted on October 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on August 8, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on October 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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