Morovian Missionaries & Coal Mines 



The history of Carbon County in Pennsylvania, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 34 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from three hard-to-find books: the 1843 edition of Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania by Sherman Day, An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by William Egle, M.D., and Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State, a WPA project published in 1940. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. A clear vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover.

The communities mentioned include: Mauch Chunk, Beaver Meadow, Hazelton, Lausanne, Lowry Town, Taylor’s Retreat, Penn Haven, Cliffton, Lehighton, Weissport, Parryville, East Mauch Chunk, Packerton, Summit Hill, Nesquehoning, Weatherly, Rock-Port, Lansford, Jeansville, Yorktown, Buck Mountain, Mill-Port, Hudsondale, Bowmanstown, Palmertown, and Lehigh Water Gap.

The Day and Egle histories cover the early development of this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There is occasionally some duplication of material, but often with a different slant or with additional details.

Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Moravian Missionaries and Indian Christians at Gnadenhotten and New Gadenhotten; Attack on the Mission House; Monument to those who died; How Dr. Franklin encouraged prayer attendance; Indian Encounters; Fort Allen; Moravian Marriage Arrangements; Suspicions of Irish Freebooters toward the Indian converts; Captivity of the Gilbert family; Running the gauntlet; “adoption” of Indian captives; Discovery of coal in area; Lehigh Coal Mine Co., and early mining techniques; Second Railroad in USA; a Tragic flood in 1786 at Weissport; the Importance of a forgotten jacket; Mt. Pisgah and the “far-famed switch-back railroad”, Beautiful cascades and water falls; and other interesting bits of history and trivia.

ILLUSTRATIONS include Mauch Chunk, Part of Summit Coal Mine, Curious Artificial Hills, Carbon County Court House, Mt. Pisgah Inclined Plane; The Cascade at Glen Onoko, Onoko Falls at Glen Onoko, Amber Cascade at Glen Thomas, Cloud Point, and Nesquehoning Bridge.

History of Carbon County
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