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Railroads

East Stroudsburg Railroad Tower

Built in 1908, the East Stroudsburg Railroad Tower remains the last wooden tower still standing along the Lackawanna Rail Line, which was originally part of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. In its glory days, those in the tower controlled the switches and signals on the main tracks between Broad and Federal streets, according to [...]

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1979: Season’s first snowfall

Looking back: East Stroudsburg Train Station Snow-laden power lines gave out under the stress of heavy snow as the season’s first snowfall hit the Poconos on Oct. 10, 1979, leaving parts of the Slate Belt, Delaware Water Gap and Shawnee-on-Delaware without electricity for several hours. The half-inch snowfall mirrored the Oct. 19, 1925, snowfall as the [...]

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1916: “Formerally” Whitesell’s

  “Family Trade Solicited” Ever wondered what happened to Whitesell’s in East Stroudsburg? It may be before your time. It disappeared from Crystal Street in 1916. Replacing the “formerally” Whitesell’s, opposite the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad station, was the family restaurant – Peters Cafe – owned by George A. Peters, according to an advertisement [...]

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American Freedom Train behind schedule

Freedom Train at Last   The American Freedom Train,  a 26-car,  display laden train, chugged into the East Stroudsburg station at 8:20 p.m. on July 22, 1976, nearly one hour behind schedule. Although late, an estimated 3,000 people lined the Erie-Lackawanna tracks, eager to catch a glimpse of the train as it made its way [...]

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Riding the rails

                             A bit of local railroad history: • In 1902, a passenger train on its way to East Stroudsburg ran into a landslide at Forge Cut. Although the passengers were shaken, no one was injured. The train was delayed about a half an hour as the track was cleared.              [...]

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