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"Easton, a city and the capital of Northampton co., Pa., is Pleasantly situated on the Delaware River, at the mouth of the Lehigh, 67 miles by railroad N. of Philadelphia, 75 miles W. of New York, and it miles E.N.E. of Allentown. It is on the Lehigh Valley Railroad, at the junction of the Amboy division, and on the Lehigh & Susquehanna Railroad, which connects here with the Central Railroad of New Jersey and the Belvidere Delaware Railroad. It is also the W. terminus of the Morris & Essex Railroad. A bridge across the Delaware connects it with Phillipsburg, in New Jersey, and an iron bridge across the Lehigh connects it with South Easton. Easton is partly built on the sides of hills, and is surrounded by picturesque scenery. It is laid out in rectangular blocks, with a public square in the centre. It is lighted by electricity and gas and supplied with good spring-water distributed in £ It contains 23 churches, an opera-house, a public library, 3 academies, 3 national banks, a high school, and printing offices which issue 3 daily and 7 weekly newspapers. Here is Lafayette College (Presbyterian), which was organized in 1831 and has 27 professors and about 300 students annually, Easton has several iron-furnaces, rolling-mills, machine-shops, foundries, flouring-mills, planing-mills, organ-factories, saw-mills, shoe-factories, felting-works, a silk-mill, and manufactures of locks, ropes, wire, sheet-iron, lumber, furniture, &c.; also 3 street-railway companies. It is situated at the junction of the Delaware, Lehigh, and Morris Canals, by which large quantities of coal, iron, grain, lumber, stone, &c., are received and exported. Pop. in 1890, 14,481."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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George Taylor Building. Built 1757 by Wm. Parsons, Founder of Easton, Pa.

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Pavilion, Bushkill Park, Easton, Pa.

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View of Lehigh River, Canal, Lucy Furnace and Chain Dam, Easton, Pa.

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  • News  1845 - STAGE ACCIDENT IN EASTON.
    As the Reading Mail Stage was passing down Ponfret (?) Street on Wednesday afternoon last, it ran over a little boy, son of MR. SIDNEY DOWN, of this... Read MORE...

  • Willie Clifton, of Easton, fell over an embankment, a distance of 80 feet, and escaped with no greater injury than a broken wrist.
    The Cambria Freemen
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    April 2, 1880
  • News  1897 - FIRE AT LAFAYETTE COLLEGE. NEW PARDEE HALL PARTLY DESTROYED - VALUABLE COLLECTIONS AND APPARATUS BURNED - WARD LIBRARY GONE.
    Easton, Penn., Dec. 18. - Pardee Hall, the magnificent four-story stone structure that stood on the brow of College Hill, this city, and was the... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Easton, a city and the capital of Northampton co., Pa., is pleasantly situated on the Delaware River, at the mouth of the Lehigh, 65 miles N. of... Read MORE...

  • News  1942 - BLAST FELT IN RADIUS OF 50 MILES. SEVERAL KILLED AT CEMENT PLANT QUARRY AT EASTON, PA.
    Easton, Pa., March 26. - At least seven men were killed an an unknown number injured today in a premature dynamite explosion in a limestone quarry at ... Read MORE...

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