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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Carbon County, Pennsylvania

Clickable Map of Carbon County, Pennsylvania and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Carbon County, PA (73) Lehigh County, PA (105) Luzerne County, PA (215) Monroe County, PA (80) Northampton County, PA (193) Schuylkill County, PA (54)  CarbonCounty(73) Carbon County (73)  LehighCounty(105) Lehigh County (105)  LuzerneCounty(215) Luzerne County (215)  MonroeCounty(80) Monroe County (80)  NorthamptonCounty(193) Northampton County (193)  SchuylkillCounty(54) Schuylkill County (54)
Adjacent to Carbon County, Pennsylvania
    Lehigh County (105)
    Luzerne County (215)
    Monroe County (80)
    Northampton County (193)
    Schuylkill County (54)
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1Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — A Vigorous Youth
"Our lives were lived in the open," he remembered, "winter and summer. We were never in the house when we could be out of it. And we played hard. I emphasize this because boys and girls who would grow up physically fit adults must lay the . . . Map (db m116592) HM
2Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Anthracite
This black diamond is a piece of the mammoth coal vein found in the Panther Valley. It was placed here on August 28, 1976 as a monument to the enterprising spirit of men such as Josiah White and Erskine Hazard, whose early pioneering efforts . . . Map (db m141004) HM
3Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Carbon County
Formed March 13, 1843 from Northampton and Monroe counties. Carbon is the basic element of this area's rich deposits of anthracite coal. The county seat, incorporated in 1850 as Mauch Chunk, was renamed in 1954 for Jim Thorpe, Indian athlete.Map (db m32150) HM
4Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Coal Transport in Mauch Chunk1792-1921
"The problem of getting coal from wagon to ark was solved by constructing an inclined loading chute at Mauch Chunk that extended downward from Mount Pisgah to a coal-loading house along the Lehigh River. The coal house projected over the river's . . . Map (db m138499) HM
5Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Dams Made the Lehigh Canal1829-1951
"It should be borne in mind that in timber dams it is the weight of the stone ballast that keeps the structure in place, and not the bulk and combination of the timbers." Edwin F. Smith, Dam Building in Navigable and Other Streams . . . Map (db m138500) HM
6Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Exploring The Corridor1828-1932
“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. . . . Map (db m153538) HM
7Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Exploring The Corridor1828-1932
“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. . . . Map (db m153540) HM
8Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — From Mountain to Market1849 - 1942
"A few miles above Easton, the Lehigh was pocked with white water at almost every turning. To navigate it seemed impossible." Josiah White, Co-founder of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company Pennsylvania's anthracite (hard coal) lay entombed . . . Map (db m141005) HM
9Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — From Rails to Trails
"Since most of the land was donated to the railroads by the American public in the first place, we believe it should be returned to the public." David Burwell, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1988 A Well-Worn Path The path you . . . Map (db m153536) HM
10Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — James Francis ThorpeAll-American
1887 · Born May 22 on the Sac and Fox Reservation near Belmont, Oklahoma Territory. 1904 · Enters Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, scene of his brilliant career in college football. 1911 · First Team All-American Football Team at . . . Map (db m116566) HM
11Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — James Francis ThorpeGold Medalist — 1912 Olympics, Stockholm, Sweden —
PENTATHLON EVENTS - Broad Jump - 1st place = 23 feet 2.7 inches Javelin - 3rd place = 153 feet 3 inches Discus - 1st place = 116 feet 8.4 inches 200- Meter Dash - 1st place = 22.9 seconds 1,500- Meter Race - 1st place = 4 min. 44.8 . . . Map (db m116567) HM
12Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — James Francis Thorpe
"Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world." King Gustav V of Sweden Born in Oklahoma Territory in 1888, Jim Thorpe was a member of the Sac and Fox tribe. Prophetically named Wa-tho-huck (Bright Path) by . . . Map (db m116724) HM
13Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Jim Thorpe (Wa-tho-huck)1888 - 1953 — "The Spirit of Thunder and Lightning" —
"Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world" King Gustav, Stockholm Sweden, 1912 Olympics [Athletic engravings on mausoleum] . . . Map (db m116564) HM
14Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Joe Boyle PlazaDedicated October 29, 1994
Joe Boyle Made A Difference It happened again and again, for over 60 years. It happened at high school athletic games, at meetings of the Lions, V.F.W., Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Borough Council, and Y.M.C.A. For decades it . . . Map (db m116526) HM
15Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Lehigh Gorge State Park
Welcome to Lehigh Gorge State Park. This 4,548-acre park stretches 32 miles along the Lehigh River from the Francis E. Walter Dam in the north to Jim Thorpe in the south. Carved by the power of the Lehigh River, the park's deep gorge, steep . . . Map (db m153550) HM
16Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Mauch Chunk Railroad Station
Built in 1888. Central Railroad of New Jersey Passenger Station has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.Map (db m86850) HM
17Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Molly Maguire Executions
On June 21, 1877, four "Molly Maguires," an alleged secret society of Irish mine-workers, were hanged here. Pinkerton detective James McParlan’s testimony led to convictions for violent crimes against the coal industry, yet the facts of the labor, . . . Map (db m32153) HM
18Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — National War Savings Campaign of 1918
In grateful commemoration of the patriotism of Mauch Chunk in going over the top in the National War Savings Campaign of 1918Map (db m116561) HM
19Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Overcoming Geography1827-1937
”So far back as 1827, the Company constructed down-grades on which loaded cars were run down to the Lehigh River by their own gravity.” —“Special Correspondent, New York Times, December 14, 1872, p 3.” Geography . . . Map (db m153422) HM
20Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Packer Mansion
Standing on the nearby hill is the home of Asa Packer, industrialist, philanthropist, congressman and founder of Lehigh University. The ornate mansion, built in 1860, has been carefully preserved with its original furnishings and is maintained as a . . . Map (db m140827) HM
21Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Pioneer Pipeline
”My grandfather, Samuel Rice got a job as a watchman after the pipeline was built in 1886. In an emergency he could turn off the valve at either end of the bridge from his house. My mother, Ethel Rice Jenkins, tells how the house was in the . . . Map (db m153420) HM
22Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Railroad Intersection
"Built in 1850, the (inclined) planes were 1,200 feet long and 430 feet high. As a loaded car descended on one plane. it would draw an empty car up the other plane." John Koehler, Railroad Historian, Weatherly You are . . . Map (db m114632) HM
23Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Romance in the Woods
“We had been in many beautiful glens, but this was so unlike all others, so varied — grand and noble falls alternating with delightful rippling cascades, lovely moss covered grottos, marvelous combination — that we were led to . . . Map (db m153421) HM
24Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — The 1912 Olympics
Jim's dominance over his intercollegiate rivals in football was paralleled by his records as a member of the Carlisle track team. He ran sprints, he ran hurdles and he ran distance races. He high jumped and he broad jumped. He threw the . . . Map (db m116632) HM
25Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — The Carlisle Years
The Indian wars were over and the Army had moved the Indians to forts and reservations. A young Army officer named Richard Henry Pratt had taken part in the Indian fighting and subsequent subjugation of the Indians. His observations had caused . . . Map (db m116601) HM
26Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — The Dimmick HouseBuilt 1871
This Italianate Victorian townhouse was the home of U.S. Congressman Milo M. Dimmick and his family. His son Milton founded the Dimmick Memorial Library in Old Mauch Chunk in their memory.Map (db m163184) HM
27Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — The Mansion House1825-1929
"The class that resort here are select, intelligent, of quiet, unostentatious manners, who mostly come here for health and to admire and study the wonders and beauties of nature..." The Health and Pleasure-Seeker's Guide, 1874 By the . . . Map (db m138507) HM
28Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — The Professional Sportsman
[Center inset quote reads] "Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world." King Gustav V of Sweden Legend has made a tragic figure of Jim Thorpe, blighted by his Olympic heartbreak, but in fact, after the initial . . . Map (db m116702) HM
29Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — The Self Made ManView his Life from his Home — 1805 - 1879 —
First Marker: The Self Made Man "...there is no distinction to which any young man may not aspier, and with energy, diligence, intelligence, and virtue, obtain." From Asa Packer's 1867 biography "The Rich Men of the World and How . . . Map (db m32270) HM
30Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — The Soldiers and Sailors MonumentMauch Chunk World War II Honor Roll
Southern face: To all the Brave Defenders of the Union from the County of Carbon. Appomattox, 1865. Northern face: Wilderness, Hampton Roads, Antietam, Gettysburg New Orleans, 1815. Eastern face: On . . . Map (db m32102) WM
31Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — This House (1844 A.D.)
This house (1844 A.D.) is the oldest complete and unchanged home existing from the early history of Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe). Built as a parsonage by the Rev. Webster, famous pastor of the Presbyterian church, the home was certified as oldest by . . . Map (db m128303) HM
32Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — World War II Honor Roll
Dedicated to the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice World War II PVT. Joseph T. Martino • CPL. Fred Felker PFC. James Lauth • PVT. Patrick Searfoss PFC. Anthony Fabrick Jr. • S/SGT. Maurice Pricka T/S. . . . Map (db m116522) WM
33Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Lehighton — American Maritime Veterans Memorial
In honor of all Veterans of the United States Navy ☆☆☆☆ Marine Corps ☆☆☆☆ Coast Guard ☆☆☆☆ Merchant Marines From The Lehighton, PA Area Anchors . . . Map (db m116268) WM
34Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Lehighton — Colonel Jacob Weiss
"Lehighton is a very beautiful and most pleasant town." Georg Heinrich Loskiel Moravian bishop and historian Anthracite Pioneer Philadelphia-born Col. Jacob Weiss (1750-1839) was deputy quartermaster general of . . . Map (db m116387) HM
35Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Lehighton — Colonel Jacob Weiss Monument
In grateful remembrance of Colonel Jacob Weiss a soldier of the Revolutionary War, donor of this parkMap (db m86851) WM
36Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Lehighton — Exploring the Corridor1828 - 1932
“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 . . . Map (db m116343) HM
37Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Lehighton — From Rails to Trails
"Since most of the land was donated to the railroads by the American public in the first place, we believe it should be returned to the public." David Burwell, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1988 A Well-Worn . . . Map (db m116342) HM
38Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Lehighton — Gnadenhuetten
Gnadenhuetten. The Moravian mission of this name was built in 1746 to accommodate the growing number of Mohican and Delaware Indian converts. It was the first white settlement in present-day Carbon County. It was burned on November 24, 1755, during . . . Map (db m133878) HM
39Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Lehighton — Lehighton Area WWII Honored Dead Memorial
Sgt. Stanley Hoffman 1919 - 1944 For whom this boulevard was named, paid the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty, during the invasion of Anzio Beach, Italy..... This monument is a memorial to all fifty-seven servicemen, from the . . . Map (db m116324) WM
40Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Lehighton — Lehighton's Been Workin' on the Railroad!
"The first workers' whistle [at Packerton Yard] sounded at 5 a.m. as a wakeup call while the second at 7 a.m. was the signal for the men to start work." Thomas D. Eckhart The History of Carbon County, v. III When the . . . Map (db m116344) HM
41Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Lehighton — Military Working Dogs Memorial
In honor of all Past • Present • Future Military Working Dogs of the United States of America God Bless Our K-9 CorpsMap (db m116327) WM
42Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Lehighton — Veterans MemorialSome Gave All • All Gave Some
Dedicated to All Who Served ————————— Designed & Hand Painted Original & Replacement Cross 2012 • 2014 By Dotti Miller Class of 1965 Original Cross Made By Mark "Irish" Hagan . . . Map (db m116398) WM
43Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Lehighton — Vietnam Era Veterans MemorialAug. 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975 — All Gave Some - Some Gave All —
In Memory of Class of 1964 member PFC Clyde R. (Speedy) Houser KIA June 13, 1967 and Lehighton Area Residents SP4 Leon D. Eckhart KIA Feb. 25, 1967 LCPL Ronald S. H. (Butch) Christman KIA Feb. 28, 1968 SP4 Charles R. (Butch) Jones KIA . . . Map (db m116401) WM
44Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Lehighton — War at Home MemorialMichael C. Wargo — June 22, 1976 - May 20, 2013 —
This memorial is dedicated to Michael C. Wargo, and the brave men and women whom have fought for America overseas, and have paid the final price here at home due to PTSD or TBI. We cannot stand idly by as Veteran suicides sweep the country. This . . . Map (db m116320) WM
45Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Lehighton — Waterborne Veterans Memorial
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46Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Lehighton — World War I Centennial Commemoration
In honor and memory of the veterans of the Lehighton area who served in WWI 1917 - 2017 100th Anniversary CommemorationMap (db m116322) WM
47Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Parryville — Carl Wolter III Playground
Growing up in Parryville, Carl learned valuable life lessons by playing. In high school, he was the javelin state champion; at Penn State he became an All-American in Track & Field and is the record holder for javelin in the college Big Ten . . . Map (db m124041) HM
48Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Parryville — Parryville Historic District
[Marker is largely illegible]Map (db m124045) HM
49Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Parryville — World War Memorial
This memorial erected and dedicated in honor of the Boys of Parryville who served in the World War. ————————— Russel Smith • Raymond McClellan☆ Gerald Eshleman • Raymond . . . Map (db m124039) WM
50Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Summit Hill — Backtrack TrestleRenaissance Historic Site
At the corner of Pine and Ludlow, an important part of the Switchback Gravity Railroad was completed around 1844. Upon returning from Mauch Chunk, empty mine cars began their Summit Hill descent east of town at the Mount Jefferson Plane. Passing . . . Map (db m128304) HM
51Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Summit Hill — Five Mile Tree Crossover
”Leaving Mt. Pisgah, the weight of the car was again its motive power, and the slight decline in the grade carried it at the speed of eighteen miles an hour to Mt. Jefferson, a distance of six miles and one furlong…” . . . Map (db m125628) HM
52Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Summit Hill — Old Presbyterian CemeteryRenaissance Historic Site-Panther Valley
Deeded to the Presbyterian Church in 1850 by the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company, this is the last resting-place for many of Panther Valley’s earliest settlers. Originally lined with individual tombstones, graves were enclosed with iron fences . . . Map (db m86826) HM
53Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Summit Hill — Philip Ginder
Discovered coal near here in 1791Map (db m86829) HM
54Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Summit Hill — Philip Ginter
While hunting, Ginter discovered anthracite on Sharp Mountain here in 1791. He showed it to Col. Jacob Weiss, a prominent area settler. In 1792 Weiss and others formed the Lehigh Coal Mine Co., the first Anthracite company and a forerunner of Lehigh . . . Map (db m86828) HM
55Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Summit Hill — Soldiers Monument
To all the defenders of the Union from Summit Hill and Panther Valley and to their parents and wives.Map (db m86832) WM
56Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Summit Hill — Switchback Railroad
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 . . . Map (db m125636) HM
57Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Summit Hill — World War I Memorial
To the veterans of the World War. Upon right, reliant Against wrong, defiant.Map (db m86833) WM
58Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Weatherly — A Revolution in Canal Technology1838-1862
How a Lock Works 1. Upper valves are opened and water in lock is raised to level of upstream canal. Upper gate is lowered and boat enters lock. Upper gate is closed. 2. Valves in lower gates are opened, allowing water to empty from . . . Map (db m153402) HM
59Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Weatherly — Disaster at Mud Run
”This is one of the worst wrecks ever in the country, because you had wooden cars. They were prone to 'telescoping,' or collapsing when they were hit from behind by an 'iron horse.'” —John Koehler Railroad Historian, Weatherly . . . Map (db m153401) HM
60Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Weatherly — Eckley Miners’ Village1854
Eckley Miners’ Village opened in 1854 as anthracite coal-mining became the predominant regional industry. Homes and a company store were first established. A colliery (breaker), additional houses, churches, hotel, school and outbuildings erected in . . . Map (db m89684) HM
61Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Weatherly — Engineering Marvel
”On June 10, 1838, a boat laden with forty tons of merchandise was carried through the Lehigh navigation from Mauch Chunk to White Haven in fourteen hours, and drawn by one set of horses, and that the locks on said navigation are of a capacity . . . Map (db m153403) HM
62Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Weatherly — Lehigh Gorge State Park
Welcome to Lehigh Gorge State Park. This 4,548-acre park stretches 32 miles along the Lehigh River from the Francis E. Walter Dam in the north to Jim Thorpe in the south. Carved by the power of the Lehigh River, the park's deep gorge, steep . . . Map (db m114645) HM
63Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Weatherly — Weatherly Civil War Memorial
Marker front: 1861 - 1865 Our country's crisis Erected by the citizens of Weatherly and vicinity A.D. 1906 in memory of its noble defenders Marker reverse: "— we here highly resolve that these dead . . . Map (db m32078) HM
64Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Weatherly — Weatherly War Memorial
Dedicate to the honor and sacrifice of our men and women who served their country. "Let none forget they gave their all and faltered not when came the call." World War I 1917 - 1918 Francis Deitrich • Christ J. Luhman • David G. Eroh . . . Map (db m32149) WM
65Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Weissport — Betty Mullen BreyRoad to the Olympics
1947 Began formal training Allentown & New York City YMCA 1948 Qualified for Olympic trials at age 15 Detroit, MI placed 15 out of 36 competitors 1951 Pan American games Buenos Aires, Argentina gold medal 400-meter freestyle relay team Silver . . . Map (db m128286) HM
66Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Weissport — Exploring the CorridorWeissport Lehigh Canal Park — 1828 -1932 —
Welcome to the Delaware and 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 . . . Map (db m114644) HM
67Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Weissport — Fort Allen
Built in 1756 by the Province of Pennsylvania. One of a series of frontier defenses erected during the French and Indian War. The site was within present Weissport.Map (db m86877) HM
68Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Weissport — Fort Allen1756-1922
Erected by Col. Benjamin Franklin in the winter of 1758 at the order of the Province of Pennsylvania. The fort consisting of the two block houses and a well, surrounded by a stockade, was situated 201 feet southwest of this spot. It was used as a . . . Map (db m86885) HM
69Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Weissport — Fort Allen Well
Only remaining part of Fort Allen, which was built by the Province of Pennsylvania, 1756, under the supervision of Benjamin Franklin. The well, now restored, is located directly behind houses opposite.Map (db m86879) HM
70Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Weissport — Jacob Weiss Memorial
In memory of Jacob Weiss, born in Philadelphia Sept. 16, 1750. Pioneer, Patriot and Colonel in the American Revolution. This monument is situated 334 yards east of the spot where he built his log cabin in 1783, on the east bank of the Lehigh River. . . . Map (db m86888) HM WM
71Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Weissport — The Hub in its HeydayWeissport Lehigh Canal — 1829-1942 —
As long as the Lehigh Canal prospered, so did Weissport. When the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company located its primary boatyard here, it transformed both sides of the Canal into a bustling manufacturing complex. Look around…imagine a planning . . . Map (db m133884) HM
72Pennsylvania (Carbon County), White Haven — Hickory Run Boulder FieldHickory Run State Park
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73Pennsylvania (Carbon County), White Haven — River Ran Black — Lehigh Tannery Historic Site —
"Trees one after another were...constantly heard falling. In a century, the noble forests around should exist no more." John J. Audubon Naturalist In the woods next to the river are the ruins of the Lehigh Tannery and a village . . . Map (db m163588) HM
May. 15, 2021