THE EAGLE HOTEL
In 1850 Abram Harris built the hotel on the corner of Railroad (Front)and Market. There were many boarding houses in town, but many city travelers stayed at the Eagle when they stayed in town. The most extravagant event there was the annual Mule Drivers Ball. It was one of the most popular places in town holding many different events such as Boxing matches, basketball games (high school games), dances, roller skating parties, and movies. The building survived over 70 years before being razed to make room for the Mauch Chunk Silk Mill.
The pictures above were taken during Old Home Week, September 1912.
THE SUMMIT INN
I do not have too much information on the Summit Inn, such as when it was built. I do know it was owned by Dr. T. E. Davis, the pharmacist who ran his business across the street. In later years the top floor was a factory and the building was razed in 1971 after it was refused fire insirance.
The picture above is from a postcard that dates to 1910.
This is an undated picture from the Museum. Best guess is from the 1920s after the signs were removed from the upper balcony.
Yes, you really could win a pony back 'in the day'.
The picture above was taken May 10, 1929. I tried my best to bring out the object just to the right of the rooftop of the Summit Inn. It's the Graf Zepplin Los Angeles flying over town!
THE POST OFFICE
This view dates to the 1910s.
This view dates to the 1930s after the Switch-Back tracks were removed and replaced by planted islands.
This blotter dates to 1925 when the Ben Hur photoplay was released. The film starred Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Betty Bronson, Claire McDowell, Kathleen Key, and, of course, Carmel Myers. The Lyric Theater would later become the Capitol Thearter and was located across the street from the Switch-Back Station.
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