A historical look at Summit Hill Pennsylvania through pictures and postcards.
It has been a dream of mine to bring the early history of Summit Hill 'to life' in the form of a book. I have finally done so and the book will be available on October 26, 2009. The image above shows the back and front cover. If anyone is interested in ordering a book please email me: LeeMantz@summit-hill.com Thanks!
I have scanned and added many new pictures to all the Summit Hill sites. I have been doing more than scanning. Most of the pictures on this site are 100 to 140 years old. With that, there's spotting and fading and I have been spending time digitally 'cleaning' them. I believe all the pictures are worth saving because these photographers - Jos. Brown, A.M. Allen, M.A. Kleckner, Purviance, G.F.Gates, C.H. Stoudt, and many more unknown - took the time, when photography was in its infancy, to capture these images for generations to see. There may be 8 views of Mt. Jefferson, but each is unique, a mere second of time caught on film, and all 8 worthy of viewing. So please visit all the sites I created and look at each picture as if it were a work of art. To me, that's what they are. Thanks for visiting!
To date, besides this page, I updated the STREETVIEWS, SCHOOLSCHURCHES, BUSINESSES, EARLY BUILDINGS, and MINING pages. I have just finished theSwitch-Back page! I went all out today adding the remaining pictures that were on my hard-drive- including more of Mt. Jefferson and many views of Mt. Pisgah. But, I am by no means done. This is always a work in progress.So, enjoy your tour and please be sure to visit all the links below. Thanks!
With so many pictures, I have separated 'summit-hill.com' into different webpages. This page contains birdseye views of town and of Ludlow Park. Click on the links below to see more of historical Summit Hill.
There is a guest book, located at the bottom of this page. Please feel free to sign it, leave comments, or add any info to this site. You may also e-mail me at: LeeMantz@summit-hill.com
The Summit Hill Historical Society/Switch-Back RR Museum is open on Fridays 4pm-7pm or by appointment. If you have any questions about the museum, want to set up an appointment, or join the Historical Society, you can email the museum at:
Summit Hill was a town born from the discovery of coal. In 1791 a hunter, Philip Ginter, discovered coal on Sharpe Mountain. He was not the first to find this 'stone coal', anthracite, but this find led directly to the formation of the anthracite industry. In 1820, the first shipment of coal was shipped to Philadelphia, via the Lehigh and Delaware rivers. Because there was a boycott on English coal, stemming from the War of 1812, this proved to be the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. In the mid 1820s, five houses were built, including the the first two story house. 10 years later, Lehigh Coal and Navigation began to build houses for the employees and Summit Hill began to look like a town. By 1850, lots were being sold to individuals and the first coal breaker was built. In the mid 1870s, the charter for the Diligence Fire Company was drawn, street lights were installed, the Water Company was incorporated, and the Switchback, being needed less and less for coal hauling, began carrying passengers for the 18 mile round trip between Mauch Chunk and Summit Hill. In 1889, after being part of Mauch Chuck Township, Summit Hill became incorporated on January 14 as a borough.
This is one of the earliest pictures of town, taken from a Zellner stereoview that dates to the mid to late 1870s.
Visit Jack Sterling's partial listing of the burials at the Presbyterian Cemetery. Maybe someone can help with birth and death dates of relatives buried there.
|Views of Front (Ludlow), Holland, White, Hazard, Chestnut, and Market Streets.|
|Pictures of the town Schools and Churches.|
|This page has pictures from soda bottles, Pharmacy bottles, and early Victorian Trade cards from stores.|
|View pictures of the Burning Mines and some of the equipment used.|
|Pictures of the Armory, SwitchBack Station, Eagle Hotel, Summit Inn, Post Office and early pictures of houses.|
|This page contains views of the SBRR from early streoviews as well as postcards, time schedules, tickets, and excursion passes.|
|This page has views of the Panther Creek Valley and also some 'general' mining views.|
|This page lists the graduating classes up to 1929 (I will be adding more) as well as a couple of graduation pictures.|
|If you have a website, or a list of surnames with your email address, pertaining to relatives that lived in the Panther Valley, email me and I will add the list to this page.|
Click on the picture above to visit the Summit Hill Historical Society's website for membership information, fundraising projects, and the Museum.Switch Back Homepage Mauch Chunk Museum Carbon County Genealogy and Historical Site Coaldale High School Alumni Page
The facts about Summit Hill on this page taken from: The History of Carbon County vol. I-IV, The Story of The Old Company (1941), Summit Hill Centennial Historic Dates and Facts sheet, and The Summit Hill Historical Society.