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Near Jim Thorpe in Carbon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Exploring The Corridor

1828-1932

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2019
1. Exploring The Corridor Marker
Inscription.  “Our residents take pride and partner in their heritage — they understand the meaning of what we have and act to preserve it”
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and State Heritage Park,
Management Action Plan.

Welcome to the Delaware & Lehigh National and State Heritage Corridor, a collection of people, places and events that helped shape our great nation. Come journey through five Pennsylvania Counties bursting with heritage and brimming with outdoor adventure. Canals and railroads — remnants of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s prosperous coal age — form the spine of this more than 150-mile Corridor. You’ll find something for everyone. Follow a history trail marked with stories about hearty lumberjacks, coal miners, lock tenders, canalers and railroaders. Explore quiet canal paths, challenging bike trails and rippling waters of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers.

In the Corridor’s northern reach experience life within Luzerne County coal towns and vibrant cities proudly displaying ethnic diversity. Spend time in our arts and educational institutions. Find outdoor recreation in Carbon
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By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2019
2. Exploring The Corridor Marker
County where the landscape offers breathtaking scenery and glimpses of coal and lumber industries from days gone by. Wander through enchanting towns; visit a coal museum and an underground mine. The Lehigh Valley welcomes you with rolling hills, winding rivers, picturesque farms, covered bridges and Victorian townhouses.

Discover Moravian heritage within the valley’s oldest city, learn about the steel and cement industries, or attend some of America’s best festivals. The excitement continues as you travel south along the Delaware River Scenic Drive into Bucks County. This area offers pastoral vistas, landmarks from America’s battle for independence and a renowned artist’s community intermingled with Colonial farmsteads.

Relive history and discover a distinctive American landscape within the Corridor. We invite you to bask in our heritage, ride or walk our trails, and enjoy our waterways. www.nps.gov/dele

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• As diverse people immigrated here they endured many hardships with hopes for prosperity and to create opportunity for their children.
• Lehigh Gorge State Park is a haven for whitewater rafting, boating and mountain biking.
• Monuments to America’s industrial might are found in the Lehigh Valley.
• Mules pulled the mine cars, towed the canal boats and farmed the land.
• A turning point in our nation’s history occurred
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on Christmas Day, 1776 along the Delaware River in Bucks County.
• Trails along the Susquehanna, Lehigh and Delaware Rivers help visitors navigate the Corridor.
• Anthracite coal mined in the north fueled America’s industrial revolution.
• The region has accepted the challenge to protect exceptional vistas while encouraging appropriate development.
• Historic Landmarks illustrate the rich legacy of our forefathers.
• Moravians created a thriving commercial life based on early industrial crafts.
 
Erected by Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lehigh Canal series list.
 
Location. 40° 53.009′ N, 75° 45.615′ W. Marker is near Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, in Carbon County. Marker is on Lehigh Gorge Trail 1.7 miles west of Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located along the Lehigh Gorge Trail (Delaware and Lehigh Trail), in Lehigh Gorge State Park, at the Glen Onoko trailhead and parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jim Thorpe PA 18229, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lehigh Gorge State Park (here, next to this marker); Romance in the Woods (here, next to this marker); Molly Maguire Executions (approx. 1½ miles away); This House (1844 A.D.) (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Dimmick House (approx. 1.7 miles away); World War II Honor Roll (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Exploring The Corridor (approx. 1.7 miles away); From Rails to Trails (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jim Thorpe.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
 
Also see . . .
1. Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. (Submitted on July 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Lehigh Gorge State Park. The discovery of anthracite coal at Summit Hill in 1791 caused intensive development and settlement of the upper Lehigh Valley. In the early 1800s, the need to transport increasingly large quantities of coal to markets down river led to the intensive development of canals. Between 1835 and 1838, a series of dams, locks, and canals was constructed by Josiah White and the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company. (Submitted on July 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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Feb. 25, 2021