August 21, 2018

24 Vintage Photos of Carbon County, Pennsylvania in the 1920s and 1930s

Carbon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Its county seat is Jim Thorpe, founded in 1818 as Mauch Chunk, a company town of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company (LC&N) as it built a wagon road nine miles to their coal mine at today's Summit Hill, and constructed the Lehigh Canal navigations.

In 1827, that wagon road became the nation's second operating railroad, the Summit Hill & Mauch Chunk Railroad which is regarded as the world's first roller coaster, which became its main function between 1873–1931.

The area around Mauch Chunk was known as the "Switzerland of America", the long wide slack water pool above the Lehigh's upper dam being surrounded by Mauch Chunk Ridge, Bear Mountain, Pisgah Ridge, Mount Pisgah, Nesquehoning Ridge, Broad Mountain and their various prominences and summits.

These amazing photos from Gordon Morales were taken by photographer Ephraim E. Rinker (1886-1950) that show street scenes of Carbon County, Pennsylvania in the 1920s and 1930s.

American Amoco Gas station, Carbon County, Pennsylvania

Bear hunt, Carbon County, Pennsylvania

Bertsch Street facing east, Lansford, Pennsylvania

Burnt building, Carbon County, Pennsylvania

Cars (1936 plates on car), Carbon County, Pennsylvania

Danger Curve, Carbon County, Pennsylvania

East Bertsch street in Lansford, Pennsylvania, looking west toward St. John the Baptist Church

House and railroad tracks, Carbon County, Pennsylvania

Immaculate Conception Church, 180 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe (Mauch Chunk), Pennsylvania

Intersection of East Bertsch and Leisenring Street, Lansford, Pennsylvania, facing north

Intersection of East Bertsch and Leisenring Street, Lansford, Pennsylvania, facing south

Intersection of East Bertsch and Leisenring Street, Lansford, Pennsylvania, facing south

New bridge from Carbon County, Pennsylvania

New bridge from Carbon County, Pennsylvania

People in front of their house, Carbon County, Pennsylvania

POW/MIA Rememberance Highway

POW/MIA Rememberance Highway

Railroad, Carbon County, Pennsylvania

Road, Carbon County, Pennsylvania

Sacred Heart School, Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania

Street scene, Carbon County, Pennsylvania

Tracks, Carbon County, Pennsylvania

Trooper, Carbon County, Pennsylvania

West Broadway looking west in Jim Thorpe (Mauch Chunk), Pennsylvania





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