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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). Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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 was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 8, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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