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The historic Victorian town of Slatington along the D&L Trail, once a central part of the slate industry

Located across from Walnutport on the west side of the Lehigh River, Slatington became the center of the region’s Slate industry. In its heyday, slate was used for everything from durable roofing shingles to chalk boards in schools. The Lehigh Slate Company’s quarries, in and around Slatington, were among the largest in the U.S. They furnished some of the country’s highest quality slate.

But a large portion of Slatington’s growth and success is also directly tied to the opening of the Lehigh Canal and the resulting ease of shipping. The town further blossomed when the railroad was built in the late 19th century. Today’s traditional downtown, with large Victorian homes, is a reminder of the commerce generated by the canal, railroad and slate industry. Look carefully and you’ll notice elaborate slate roofs that display the beauty of this local building material. It was once shipped as far away as British Columbia to adorn the provincial capital building in the Canadian province. Slatington’s streetscape artifacts are closely tied to the story of extraction, processing, transporting and marketing of slate.

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Appalachian Trail

Pennsylvania has 229 miles (369 km) of the Appalachian Trail. In Pennsylvania, the trail extends from the Pennsylvania - Maryland line at Pen Mar,  to the Delaware Water Gap at the Pennsylvania - New Jersey line. It intersects with the... More

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Fireman’s Drinking Fountain

The Fireman's Drinking Fountain was dedicated in 1909 by Hose Company # 1, Slatington. The 12 foot high statue was purchased from J. W. Fiske Iron Works, New York City, for $700 and depicts a volunteer fireman carrying a child... More

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Leaser Lake

This 540 acre park is owned by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and in part by Lehigh County. The 117-acre lake provides fishing from boats or shore, and a 4 mile trail around the lake provides beautiful views and nature... More

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Lehigh Gap Nature Center

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center is a non-profit conservation organization located in Lehigh Gap, Pennsylvania, at the foot of the Kittatinny Ridge. Our mission is to preserve wildlife and habitat through conservation, education, and research for the benefit of the... More

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