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 . . . — — Map (db m196407) HM
"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
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
Born in Lockport, PA May 30th, 1832
Died in Germany, Oct. 30th, 1902 at the age of 70
He achieved recognition as an Educator, having instituted many reforms to the school systems in the South. He established his own Seminary in Baton Rouge, . . . — — Map (db m196444) HM
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
"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
"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
“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
“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
"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
"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
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
"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
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
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
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
”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
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
”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
"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
“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
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
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
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
"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 . . . — — Map (db m138507) HM
[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
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
To all the Brave Defenders of the Union from the County of Carbon.
Wilderness, Hampton Roads, Antietam, Gettysburg
New Orleans, 1815.
On . . . — — Map (db m32102) WM
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
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
"Lehighton is a very beautiful and most pleasant town."
Georg Heinrich Loskiel
Moravian bishop and historian
Philadelphia-born Col. Jacob Weiss (1750-1839) was deputy quartermaster general of . . . — — Map (db m116387) HM
“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
"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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
”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
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
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
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
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
”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 Mud Run is the . . . — — Map (db m153401) HM
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
”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
1861 - 1865
Our country's crisis
by the citizens of
in memory of its noble
"— we here highly resolve that these dead . . . — — Map (db m32078) HM
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
Naturalist and artist John James Audubon visited Rockport in 1829 and hiked the surrounding forests sketching native birds. Already, the transformation was in progress. "One full third of trees have already been culled," he wrote in his . . . — — Map (db m225719) HM
"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 . . . — — Map (db m225717) HM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"Trees one after another were...constantly
heard falling. In a century, the noble
forests around should exist no more."
John J. Audubon
In the woods next to the river are the ruins of the
Lehigh Tannery and a village . . . — — Map (db m163588) HM