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Title:
Northeast from 3rd lookout (1)
Date:
06/21/1925
Description:
A view of the Delaware River and the surrounding mountains taken near Delaware Water Gap, Pa. from the third lookout on what we assume is a hiking trail. Elton's notes say he is facing northeast. The view is the same as that of 2009.1.311, but it was taken about 15 minutes later. The Delaware River is broken up here by several bars or small islands. The closest one seems to have a very long, thin dock running across to where several boats are moored in the deeper part of the river. This shot is different from the earlier one in that one of the boats has left its mooring at the end of the dock and can be seen heading downriver. It may be the same boat seen in 2009.1.249.

The large structure in the middle of the shot is Kittatinny House, the first of the grand Victorian hotels built near the Delaware Water Gap. Originally begun in 1829 it was intended to be a boarding house but the owner ran into difficulties and sold the unfinished building. When it finally opened in 1835, it was as a hotel that could sleep 25 guests. Over the next 96 years it grew until it could contain anywhere from 200 to 500 guests (the historical record is unclear). Kittatinny House burned to the ground 6 years after this photo was taken -- but some of its ruins can still be seen today along route 611 in Pennsylvania.

Just north of Kittatinny House is the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Water Gap Station. Train cars can be seen sitting on some of the tracks. Today the station is owned by Pennsylvania's park system and may be undergoing restoration. Behind the station is Delaware House, also a hotel.
Place:
Delaware Water Gap, PA (Town)
Photographer:
Wade, Elton H. L.
Object Name:
Negative, Sheet Film
Object ID:
2009.1.315
Other #:
43
Film Size:
3 1/4 x 5 1/2 in.
Copyright:
Franklin Township Public Library
Collection:
Elton H. L. Wade Photograph Collection
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