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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Easton
Easton, Pennsylvania and Vicinity
▶ Northampton County (193) ▶ Bucks County (241) ▶ Carbon County (71) ▶ Lehigh County (104) ▶ Monroe County (78) ▶ Warren County, New Jersey (117)
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EDWARD E. "HOOK" MYLIN COACHED Lafayette for seven seasons (1937-42, 1946) and guided the Leopards to undefeated seasons in 1937 and 1940. What he accomplished in his first year at Lafayette is likely his greatest single achievement, earning . . . — — Map (db m136148) HM|
G. HERBERT MCCRACKEN coached Lafayette for 12 seasons (1924-35) and guided the Leopards to the 1926 National Championship with a perfect 9-0 record. His place in football history will forever be known as the inventor of the huddle. As . . . — — Map (db m136146) HM|
"There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn."
Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
English Lexicographer and Author
. . . — — Map (db m157235) HM
Dedicated to Honor the
Sons of Lafayette
Fallen in Service to
the United States of America
September 16, 1989
1846 - 1848
James McKeen '41
1861 - 1865
Edward S. Carrell '61 • Joseph Castles '59 • . . . — — Map (db m136173) WM|
"With the erection of this furnace (Furnace No. 1 in Biery's Bridge) commenced the era of high and larger furnaces and better blast machinery, with consequent improvements in yield and quality of iron produced."
— . . . — — Map (db m157372) HM
"Throughout the season of business, & this year  is but the beginning of a navigation by Canal to tide; their business is expected to increase several fold, & so the employment for Hands."
Josiah White, co-founder
Lehigh [Coal . . . — — Map (db m109574) HM|
The Heavens declare the Glory of God;
and the firmament sheweth His handy.work.
This stone was taken from the Traill Green Observatory, the gift of Traill Green, A.M., LL.D., Trustee 1837-'41, Faculty 1837-'41, 1853-'97. Built at this site in . . . — — Map (db m136112) HM|
"History does not repeat itself in detail, but there were remarkable similarities between the Severn River Valley in the eighteenth century and the Lehigh River Valley in the nineteenth century. Both may be called cradles of the . . . — — Map (db m157276) HM
"I remember one day, my dad grabbed both the driver and captain and threw them in the canal. My dog Buster, got one of the captains by the seat of the pants and really tore his pants off. He got his wife to steer while he went in the cabin to . . . — — Map (db m109562) HM|
A significant contribution by the Italian immigrants to Easton is this statue of Christopher Columbus, purposely located here at the city's waterfront. The statue was dedicated in a daylong celebration on December 14, 1930. This magnificent . . . — — Map (db m114654) HM|
The first commercial crossing of the Delaware River at Easton was a ferry enfranchised to David Martin in 1739.
Located near the present site of Scott Park at the junction of the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers, it operated until the beginning of . . . — — Map (db m114653) HM|
Pennsylvania's first silk mill opened in Scranton in 1873. The first silk mill in the Lehigh Valley was the Adelade Silk Mill in Allentown, which opened in 1881. Other prominent silk milling operations included the Bethlehem Silk Mill, the . . . — — Map (db m157255) HM|
In 1882, the Lehigh Valley Railroad replaced its original South Easton repair shops with a large, multi-building facility. The site included a forty stall roundhouse that was 300 feet in diameter and a locomotive building shop, which burned down . . . — — Map (db m109566) HM|
|Operated at "The Forks" on grants received in 1739 and 1741. It was an important link on a main route to the west until 1806. Transported troops and supplies in the Revolutionary War. — — Map (db m29776) HM|
|Delaware Canal has been designated a National Historic Landmark. This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America. — — Map (db m86114) HM|
|Birth site of the renowned biochemist. In spite of the handicap of polio, she developed in the 1920s a safe process for intravenous therapy. Later, in 1934, she refined the tuberculin skin test that was ultimately adopted worldwide. — — Map (db m29743) HM|
|Key center of travel, trade and industry at the Forks of the Delaware since the days of the Indian. Laid out in 1752 by William Parsons. Site of several Indian peace councils. The home of Lafayette College. — — Map (db m29529) HM|
|Key center of travel, trade and industry at the Forks of the Delaware since the days of the Indian. Laid out in 1752 by William Parsons. Site of several Indian peace councils. The home of Lafayette College. — — Map (db m29602) HM|
Easton is situated at the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers. Founded in the early 1750s, it became an important river community and transportation junction. Opened by 1834, the Lehigh, Morris, and Delaware Canal systems carried . . . — — Map (db m109572) HM|
Iron wasn't the only thing being manufactured along Section 8 of the Lehigh Navigation in the 19th century. Only one year after opening the Lehigh Navigation in 1829, Josiah White tapped his creative mind and proclivity to use water as a source . . . — — Map (db m157379) HM|
The Third Electric Railway
The nation's third electric railway was located in Easton. Built for regular passenger service, operation began from this point on January 14th, 1888. Eventually, the system expanded across the Lehigh Valley, and . . . — — Map (db m157249) HM|
On Christmas Eve 1824, the Easton Centinel carried a notice calling upon residents of Northampton County "friendly to the establishment of a COLLEGE at Easton" to meet three days later at White's Hotel on Center Square. Local lawyers James Madison . . . — — Map (db m136107) 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 m114642) HM|
"I knew that my propensity for tools and ingenuity was great. Erskine was the Skribe and a good mechanic and excellent councellor."
— Josiah White, 1832
Josiah White was a devout Quaker . . . — — Map (db m157324) HM
|Congregation organized 1745. This building, enlarged and restored, was erected, 1776. Scene of Indian Treaty, 1777. During the Revolutionary War, it was used as a military hospital. — — Map (db m114656) HM|
|Easton and Northampton County were founded by Thomas and John Penn, sons of William Penn, in 1752. They visited the forks of the Delaware in 1735 and shortly thereafter, acquired the land from the forks north to the Blue Mountains. The name . . . — — Map (db m86224) HM|
"Nature has a way of reclaiming herself. Given time and human neglect, even the sites of mighty industries will revert to meadows and forests."
Guide to Hugh Moore Park . . . — — Map (db m157270) HM
"In the Spring of 1827 it was finally concluded we were strong enough to begin and prosecute the ascending Navigation. For the prosecution of that great undertaking the Co. employed Canvass White, Esq. as the principal . . . — — Map (db m157327) 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 . . . — — Map (db m109529) HM
"The Lehigh Valley was one of the great transportation hubs of America, possessing 10 major wagon roads, 3 important canals and ultimately 8 important railroads."
Alfred Chandler, historian
From this unique point along the trail, you . . . — — Map (db m109575) HM|
|One of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, member of Continental Congress, ironmaster, lived in this house built in 1757 by William Parsons, Surveyor-General. First occupied by Parsons. — — Map (db m29777) HM|
In Eternal Gratitude
to those gallant soldiers
under General Lafayette's command
who died of wounds suffered
in the siege of Yorktown
fighting for American liberty
[Roll of Honored Dead]
Lafayette College . . . — — Map (db m136172) WM|
Take a Trip Back to America's Age of Canals
Easton's Hugh Moore Park is a picturesque of the City of Easton where America's golden age of canals is on full display. With more than two miles of restored Lehigh Canal, a canal boat attraction . . . — — Map (db m157268) HM|
|With one exception, all the Indian Peace Treaties held in Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War were held in this Square between 1756 and 1762, these councils were attended by the Governors of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and as many as 500 . . . — — Map (db m86225) HM|
Large iron ore and limestone deposits and dense forests that became charcoal, provided all the necessary elements to make Pennsylvania the leading iron producer in the American colonies. Durham Furnace, built in 1727 near the Delaware River in . . . — — Map (db m157322) HM|
"The boatsmen had a hard life. But the locktenders did too, because they couldn't go nowhere. They had to be on the job all the time."
It is early morning and still . . . — — Map (db m109560) HM
"I read·I study·I examine
I listen·I reflect·and
out of all this I try to
form an idea into which
I put as much common
sense as I can" Dec·16·1777 — — Map (db m136144) HM|
Class of 1836
Richard A. Oakford
Sidney M. Layton
Class of 1837
Daniel J. Carey
Class of 1840
Horatio S. Howell
Class of 1852
Walter Scott Briggs
Class of 1856
Robert M. . . . — — Map (db m136137) WM|
|At White's Hotel near here, on Dec. 27, 1824, local citizens gathered to found Lafayette College. One of their leaders, James Madison Porter, had recently met Lafayette during the French general's well-received American tour of 1824-25, that revived . . . — — Map (db m29724) HM|
The stones in this gateway
were taken from
Traill Green Observatory
the gift of
Doctor Traill Green
1928 — — Map (db m136104) HM|
Five furnaces were in operation in 1854 when this image of the Lehigh Crane Iron Company was made, together producing an average of 750 tons of pig ron a week. These were the first commercially and technically successful anthracite-fired iron . . . — — Map (db m157376) HM|
|Since August 8, 1829, when the Stourbridge Lion made its appearance at Honesdale, Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley possessed one of the densest concentrations of railroads. During the height of passenger service, the Jersey Central's "Bullet" . . . — — Map (db m157382) HM|
This bell was cast in 1922 by the McShane Bell Foundry of Baltimore, and hung in the tower of Liberty Trust Company, 830 Hamilton St. Allentown. The bank was founded in 1919, and the façade of the building was altered to evoke Independence Hall . . . — — Map (db m109568) HM|
"It will give some idea of the magnitude of the business done at Easton (a place the existence of which was hardly known in New York until recently) to state there are, within three miles, a total of 49 large factories, and other smaller . . . — — Map (db m109573) HM|
"Between 1850 and 1880, the Lehigh Valley was America's greatest iron producing region."
Craig Bartholomew, Historian
Lance Metz, Historian
The Lehigh Valley is rich in many natural . . . — — Map (db m157274) HM
|The Mid-Atlantic Highlands region of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut forms 3-5 million acre forested greenbelt around the densely populated areas of Philadelphia, New York City, and Hartford.The region stretches from northwestern . . . — — Map (db m86118) HM|
Chipman Mansion (252 Spring Garden Street) was built c.1907 and was designed by William Michler. It served as a residence for Easton Industrialist W. Evan Chipman, a partner with his brother in the Charles Chipman Sons Hosiery Mills.
. . . — — Map (db m114659) HM|
"You didn't dare to be mean to your animals on the Delaware. Boy, they'd arrest you right away. I chewed tobacco a little and if I left the pack sticking out of my back pocket, when I went by mule he would pull it out of my . . . — — Map (db m157383) HM
|A 'Nobori' is a samurai battle flag which carried circles and lines as instructions for the troops in the field. This sculpture plays plays with the ideas of 'flag' and 'symbol' and emulates the motions of the flags and banners. Gift of the artist. — — Map (db m157258) HM|
|Formed March 11, 1752 out of Bucks County. Named for Northamptonshire in England. Easton, county seat, was incorporated in 1789. County is noted as a leading center for the steel industry and for cement and slate production. — — Map (db m29597) HM|
|Northampton County’s first Courthouse erected on this site in 1765. Torn down May, 1862. First court session held in the building March 6th, 1766; last session October 21st, 1861. — — Map (db m86226) HM|
This structure replaces a covered wooden bridge of three spans, each about 155 feet clear, supported by two hollow piers, 35 feet by 55 feet and two abutments, built by Timothy Palmer, 1805.
At the time of removal being next to the oldest, if . . . — — Map (db m114650) HM|
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Brothers Robert and Herman Simon, owners of the R&H Simon Silk Company, built several initial mill buildings just across the Bushkill Creek from this location in 1883. The creek provided them easy access to the water needed for . . . — — Map (db m157257) HM|
|Recognized as the inventor of the split-bamboo fishing rod in the U.S. His first rent and glued-up cane rod was made about 1846 in his gunsmith shop that stood on this site. — — Map (db m29754) HM|
In honor of
Soldier and Sailor
1861 - 1865
to her Heroes
Dulce et decorum
est pro patria mori
[Sweet and proper for the country]
"Liberty and union
now and forever
one and . . . — — Map (db m129798) WM|
We rededicate this monument May 14, 2000, not only in the name of those who fought to preserve the Union in the War of the Rebellion, but to all veterans who honorably served the United States of America.
"We are constantly . . . — — Map (db m157243) WM
|This major expedition of the Revolution aimed at the Indian-Tory alliance in New York, was organized at Easton under Gen. John Sullivan. Over a month's preparations preceded the first day's march, begun near here June 18, 1779. — — Map (db m29604) HM|
|Sullivan Road over which the Army began its advance. June 18 1779. — — Map (db m30108) HM|
|In July 1779, General John Sullivan began the southern leg of one of the largest offensive campaigns of the Revolutionary War. Directed against the Indian warriors of the six nations and their British and Loyalist allies, Sullivan’s march proceeded . . . — — Map (db m86229) WM|
This stone marks the road over
which General John Sullivan
marched June 18, 1779, to quell
the Indian insurrection and
avenge the Wyoming Massacre
Erected by the
George Taylor Chapter
Daughters . . . — — Map (db m136117) HM|
Edwin Binney and his cousin C. Harold Smith inherited a pigment business in 1885 from Edwin's father Joseph. The cousins formed a partnership and called their company Binney & Smith. Early products include red oxide pigment used in barn paint and . . . — — Map (db m157250) HM|
"One thing, you were never bothered with insomnia. You rose about 3:30 a.m. and you wouldn't retire until 11:00 p.m.."
Joseph A. Lum
Imagine working 18 hours a day, six days a week! . . . — — Map (db m109555) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m136110) HM|
|The first proclamation of the American Declaration of Independence took place on the Court House steps in this Circle in Easton at 12:O’Clock noon in July 8, 1776, simultaneously with similar proclamation at that appointed hour in Philadelphia and . . . — — Map (db m86216) HM|
Dedicated May 9, 1932 on the
one-hundredth anniversary of
the opening of the college
A primary reference point
for surveying, mapping and
planning the second . . . — — Map (db m136116) HM|
The Glendon Iron Company was established in 1842 by Boston businessman Charles Jackson, Jr. It was the second anthracite iron furnace in the U.S. and was put into blast in 1844 by William Firmston, and English iron master. Firmstone purchased a . . . — — Map (db m157378) HM|
Surveyor William Parsons designated the City of Easton in a grid pattern radiating from this “Great Square” and the original Northampton County courthouse was erected in the square in 1765. Robert Levers stood on the steps of the . . . — — Map (db m86208) HM|
When and where the Industrial Revolution began is certain; the year was 1709, and the place was the Severn River Gorge in Shropshire, England. There, abundant iron, coal, limestone and clay resources and the water and transportation provided by . . . — — Map (db m157305) HM|
|This canal's 47 miles from Mauch Chunk to Easton were constructed 1827-1829. Here the Lehigh Canal connected with the Delaware Canal to Philadelphia, and with the Morris Canal to New York. Vital to the transport of anthracite coal and to the rise of . . . — — Map (db m29601) HM|
Anthracite coal is almost pure carbon, has the highest energy content of any coal, and produces a hot, smokeless, long-lasting fire. Northeastern Pennsylvania is one of a handful of places in the world where it is found. Pennsylvania coal — . . . — — Map (db m157326) HM|
Iron making in Bethlehem began in 1857 when the Saucona Iron Company was first organized by Augustus Wolle in South Bethlehem. The Panic of 1857 — a national financial crisis — halted further organization of the company and . . . — — Map (db m157332) HM|
The flag staffs
on this stadium
in memory of
Thomas B. Holloway, M.D.
the college flag
his classmates of
the Class of 1898 — — Map (db m136147) HM|
In memory of
Martyrs of the Maine
United States Soldiers
Sailors and Marines
of the Spanish-American War
Dedicated June 24, 1914
The projectile surmounting this
monument is from the Battleship
Maine destroyed . . . — — Map (db m129796) WM|
These honored symbols of
our country, state and city
presented to the
Hugh Moore Parkway
in solemn memory of our
Lt. E. C. Baker Post 1290
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.
Easton, Pennsylvania . . . — — Map (db m109571) WM|
Easton is a City with a rich heritage as an industrial, educational, and cultural center of the community. From the various mills that once operated along the City's three waterways, to world-renowned Lafayette College, to the many arts and . . . — — Map (db m157245) HM|
These doors are a memorial to
Wilson Baughman Gaither '15
First Lieutenant Commander·Battery·D·56th. Coast Artillery Corps.
Later Observer 99th.Aero Squadron
Born, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, June 8,1892.
Died from Wounds Received in . . . — — Map (db m136102) WM|
The German Reformed Church was originally constructed at 3rd and Church Streets in 1775-76 and was the largest building in Easton at the time.
The church congregation's office building, on Church and Sitgreaves Streets, dates from 1778, and was . . . — — Map (db m114655) HM|