Street Views of Summit Hill
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Updated January 2, 2007

Views of Front (Ludlow) Street

The pictures above were taken of a parade (possibly St. Patrick's Day) in 1895.

Here are two pictures taken from Holland Street in the late 1890s. In the first photo note trolley car in the center of the picture. The second photo is a beautiful view of the old Armory and the Eagle Hotel. These photos are courtesy The Summit Hill Historical Society Museum.

This is the only known picture of the Pine Street Crossover while the Switch-Back was running. This picture is from 1897.

Here is a view looking east from Poplar St. At the time of the photo, the Zerby's owned the Mansion House, manufacturing and bottling whiskey and beer downstairs and storage was in the barroom area. The Guido Lisella began ownership when Prohibition began. When Prohibition ended, he bottled beer and storage became a barroom. According to maps, the building across the street was owned by L.C. & N. and next to that was the Rising Sun Hotel. The homes along Holland St. can been seen in the background.

The first picture shows what was the Flower Shop and then later the Convent. The Trolley tracks on the right took you to Tamaqua and that property is now Ludlow Park.

Another view of the future Convent building looking west. The picture was taken in front of the Eagle Hotel and is an interesting photo of the town before the park.

This photo shows the newly built Town Hall, replacing the Armory which was gutted by fire in 1908.

The Eagle Hotel is at left, built in 1850 and it burned in 1920 and the Mauch Chunk Silk Company built in its place. Note the Trolley car coming into town on right.

A similar picture as the one above, with a group of children playing in front of the Eagle Hotel.

An early postcard view of the Armory and the Eagle Hotel. The oddity about this postcard (1905) is the picture. There are no Trolley tracks so the picture dates prior to 1897, when the trolley came into service. The 'tunnel' would be the Switch-Back Station.

A late 1890s view looking out from the Eagle Hotel. The picture was not marked, so it is unknown why there is a crowd gathered.

This picture was taken from the Switch-Back Inn on May 29, 1897 of the Decoration Day parade.

A picture from the balcony of the Eagle Hotel showing the parade during Old Home Week, Sept. 2, 1912.

Here you are looking down West Front Street. Note the horse and buggy near the center and also the street light left of center. The lights were installed in 1875. An early example of attempted colorization of a postcard.

Another view taken from the intersection of Market and Front. The building at the corner is Dr. Davis' pharmacy and the building next to it is the Switchback Hotel.

This view of Dr. Davis' Pharmacy is looking up Market Street. This building later became the Post Office.

This view is from in front of the Switch-Back Station looking east. The tracks on the left are the Trolley rails while the tracks on the right turn into the Switchback Station.

This view is of the store fronts on Front Street between Chestnut and Market around 1900.

This photo, from May 1897, shows the first Trolley car heading down Front street as it is about to pass in front of the Summit Hill Station. Photo from SHHS museum.

This view shows a Switch-Back car about to enter the station.

This is a view taken from Chestnut looking towards the Convent (in the middle of the picture). In the left middle is the Switch-Back Station and across the street was Joe Arner's Hardware Store. Photo from SHHS museum.

This is the intersection of Front and Chestnut looking east. On the left corner is Nolan's Music Store. The store front two doors down was Stoudt's General store and a walk across the street took you to Thomas' Bakery (which also housed a bowling alley). Photo from SHHS Museum.

This is the same intersection as above, but this picture dates to the late 1910s. Note the remodeled building on the left corner. When this picture was taken it was Cannon's Bar and in 1920 the building housed Summit Hill Trust. This picture was probably taken during Old Home Week. Photo from SHHS Museum.

This picture was taken from Oak Street (the top of Tilley's Hill) looking east into the business district. The trolley tracks are in the middle of the street. Photo from SHHS Museum.

This picture was taken from Oak Street (the top of Tilley's Hill) but looking down the Switch-Back tracks.

This is a photo of the Switch-Back tracks right before the Pine Street crossover. The house near the middle of the picture was Evans News Agency and is now the law offices of Velitsky and Matika. Photo from SHHS Museum.

Views of White Street

This is a view of what is now the 200 block of West White taken from Poplar St. looking east. This type of postcard were the first to be sold in town dating around 1900.

This view of West White was taken from Walnut St. looking east toward Market St. The church on the left is the Methodist Church, which moved to East White in 1926. The church was sold to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in 1930 for $8,000. The Lutheran and Presbyterian Churches are visible down the block.

This picture was taken from Chestnut Street looking east toward Oak St.

The postcard says it is West White, but actually it's the east end taken from Oak St. looking east toward Pine St. The tracks leading down White St. and turning down Oak St. are the Trolley tracks. The 'mark' at the top of the photo is actually a street light over the intersection.

Views of Holland Street

Here is a great picture I found at a paper show in Allentown. It is a Switch-Back car coming off the turn from the Depot Station and about to head down Holland Street. Children often chased the cars as they entered and left town hoping riders would throw them some change, as seen in this picture. The picture dates to the mid-1910s.

This is a view of Holland Street looking east. The Switch-Back tracks are coming off the turn from the Station in the area of what is now the Park Apartments.

The four pictures above are from the SwitchBack as it ran from Holland Street down into Stoney Lonesome. The top two are from what is now the Pine Street intersection. The area to the right is now where the Mobil Staion is located.

View of 'Hassard' Street

This is a view of Hassard (Hazard) street looking east. Note that Hassard is spelled incorrectly.

View of Market Street

This is a view of Market Street from Hazard looking south. The Welsh Baptist Church is seen on left. This church was built in the 1860s(?) by the congregation led by the Rev. David Evans. There was no Baptismal facilities on the property so members were baptized in the breaker cistern. The congregation disbanded in 1914 with some changing denomination and others joined the Lansford Baptist Church. In 1933 the building was purchased and St. Gabriel's Club was formed, which still operates today.

View of Chestnut Street

This is a view of Chestnut Street looking north. The church on the left is St. Philip's Episcopal and in the background is St. Paul's German Reformed.

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