Summit Hill, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

Summit Hill, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

by Lee Mantz


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Summit Hill, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series) by Lee Mantz

While walking along the top of Sharp Mountain in 1791, Philip Ginder kicked up a piece of black stone that turned out to be anthracite coal. This discovery paved the way for a million-dollar coal industry that thrived for more than a century and spawned the birth of Summit Hill. In early 1827, a nine-mile stretch of the Switchback Gravity Railroad was built for the purpose of hauling coal from Summit Hill to the Lehigh River in Mauch Chunk. By the end of the century, the Switchback was the number two tourist attraction in America, second only to Niagara Falls. Many of the early buildings are no longer standing, but thanks to postcards and photographers of the time, many images of Summit Hill's lost places have been preserved.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738565002
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 10/28/2009
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 127
Sales rank: 293,285
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Lee Mantz began collecting postcards and stereo views of Summit Hill and the Switchback Gravity Railroad more than a decade ago. The images in Summit Hill are drawn from his personal collection, along with the Summit Hill Historical Society's collection, and represent the town as it was in the height of the coal-mining industry and the tourist influx caused by the Switchback Gravity Railroad.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Summit Hill 9

2 A Stroll through Town 19

3 Businesses 37

4 Education 53

5 Places of Worship 63

6 A Ride on the Switchback Railroad 73

7 The Burning Mines 91

8 Mining 99

9 Sports, Miscellaneous, and Late Additions 109

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