Historical Sketch of the Switch-Back Railroad and the Discovery of Anthracite Co
Historical Sketch of the Switch-Back Railroad and the Discovery of Anthracite Co
Historical Sketch of the Switch-Back Railroad and the Discovery of Anthracite Co

Historical Sketch of the Switch-Back Railroad and the Discovery of Anthracite Co

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Historical Sketch of the Switch-Back Railroad and the Discovery of Anthracite Co
 
Historical Sketch of the Switch-Back Railroad and the Discovery of Anthracite Coal 15 pages
MAUCH CHUNK, the county seat of Carbon county, Pennsylvania, situated on the Lehigh river, 120 miles from New York, via Central Railroad of New Jersey, foot of Liberty Street; via Lehigh Valley Railroad, foot of Courtlandt Street; 89 miles from Philadelphia, via Philadelphia and Reading Railway.  Cover is pink
Over each of these routes the journey is made without change of cars, passing through the beautiful valley of the Lehigh.
"Picturesque America" says Mauch Chunk is doubtless the most truly picturesque town in the Union ; it lies in a narrow gorge between and among high hills, its foot as it were resting on the picturesque little Lehigh river, and its body stretching up the cliffs of the mountains : it is so compact among the hills that its houses impinge upon its narrow streets, and stand backed up against the rising ground, with no space for gardens, except what the owners can manage to snatch from the hillside above their heads.
As proof of what can be done in a narrow splice, this quaint and really Swiss village affords a capital example.
The Indian name of Mauch Chunk is "Machk Tschunk," or Bear Mountain, from which it derives its present name.
It is a peculiarly shaped elevation, immediately opposite the main town, and in front of which all the passenger trains land travellers or tourists who design stopping here.
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