Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Old Road and Cold Storage along the Lehigh Canal

I've often stared at what I thought was an access road to the Lehigh Canal until one day I bumped into Micah-John Kerschner (see him on Facebook).  He has links to Penn State aerial photography over the area in the 1930s and 1940s.
This road came down over the embankment to the Lehigh Canal just below Weissport at the crossroads at Blocker Enterprises.  The road was abandoned after the construction of Route 248.

Here we walk along this incline as it rises above the Lehigh Canal and Lehigh River in the distance.  This is in the area where the cold storeage houses can still be found built into the bottom of the embankment at the locks, used by locktenders for their own use with enough room for storage and resale.

This closeup shows the tar and chip composition of the road.

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