The Confluence of Campus and Community
Karl Stirner Arts Trail
City of Easton, Pennsylvania
The banks of the Bushkill Creek near 3rd Street have long been a center of industry and commerce in Easton. The area has transitioned several times, but has always played a major role in the vibrancy of the community.
One of the earliest developments in the area was the Brotzman and Herster Mill, which was constructed in 1789 just east of what is now the N. 3rd Street Bridge over the Bushkill Creek. By 1868, this merchant mill had a capacity of 50 barrels a day using a 9 foot drop of water from a dam located several hundred feet upstream from the mill. This part of the City was also home to a series of breweries and distilleries, one of the more prominent of which was the Seitz Brewery which utilized several buildings throughout downtown Easton.
Since 1832, this area has served as the entrance to Lafayette College. The gateway at the [sic] base of College Hill was erected by the Class of 1929 using stones from the old Green Observatory.
Today, Lafayette College is spearheading another transition of this area. The College dedicated the Williams Visual Arts Center in 2001, which serves as the home to Lafayette's studio art program
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This painting from 1859 depicts Lafayette College's campus atop what has come to be known as "College Hill".
Erected by City of Easton, Pennsylvania.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Education • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania, Easton, Karl Stirner Arts Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1789.
Location. 40° 41.741′ N, 75° 12.578′ W. Marker is in Easton, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Street/College Avenue and Bushkill Drive, on the left when traveling north on 3rd Street/College Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Easton PA 18042, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Establishing a College at Easton (here, next to this marker); Lafayette College Gateway (here, next to this marker); Lafayette College Civil War Memorial (within
Also see . . .
1. Lafayette College. (Submitted on July 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Karl Stirner Arts Trail. (Submitted on July 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Seitz Brewery History. (Submitted on July 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.