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Easton, Pennsylvania, USA

Easton was laid out in 1752 by William Parsons, at the request of Thomas Penn, on land obtained from the Delaware Indians in the notorious Walking Purchase of 1737, a treaty that enforced Indian resettlement. The town was named for the English estate (Easton) of Penn’s father-in-law, Thomas Fermor, 1st earl of Pomfret. During the French and Indian Wars, Easton was the scene of several Indian peace councils; it served as an outpost during the American Revolution, and the Declaration of Independence was read on July 8, 1776, from the steps of the Old Courthouse (a marker in the city’s "Great Square" recalls the occasion). In 1829 the Lehigh Canal from Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe) to Easton was opened, and Easton developed as a shipping centre for coal.

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  • Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
    George Taylor Building. Built 1757 by Wm. Parsons, Founder of 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...


  • 1854 - Easton
    Easton, a post-borough, capital of Northampton county, Pennsylvania, on the Delaware river, immediately above the mouth of the Lehigh, 100 miles E....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
    Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
    April 2, 1880

  • 1895 - Easton
    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...Read MORE...


  • 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...


  • Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Pavilion, Bushkill Park, Easton, Pa.
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  • Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
    View of Lehigh River, Canal, Lucy Furnace and Chain Dam, Easton, Pa.
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  • Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
    New High School and Wolf Memorial Gateway
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  • 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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George Taylor Building. Built 1757 by Wm. Parsons, Founder of Easton, Pa.
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Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
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Pavilion, Bushkill Park, Easton, Pa.
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Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
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View of Lehigh River, Canal, Lucy Furnace and Chain Dam, Easton, Pa.
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Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
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New High School and Wolf Memorial Gateway
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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...

  • 1854 - Easton
    Easton, a post-borough, capital of Northampton county, Pennsylvania, on the Delaware river, immediately above the mouth of the Lehigh, 100 miles E.... 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
    Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
    April 2, 1880
  • 1895 - Easton
    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... Read MORE...

  • 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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