List of historic places in Allentown, Pennsylvania

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Trout Hall, built in 1770 by James Allen (son of Allentown founder William Allen), is the oldest house in Allentown.

The city of Allentown, Pennsylvania was established in 1762 and is one of the oldest major cities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States. It has deep roots in the history of the nation; it was the hiding place of the Liberty Bell during the American Revolution, and its oldest city cemetery has graves of patriots who served in the Continental Army. Over its 250-year history, many people and things have played a part in the history of the city; numerous buildings, bridges, parks and other locations in the city have come and gone, but many remain, with thirteen of them being on the National Register of Historic Places.

Below is a list of major historical and notable sites in the city. See the linked article for a full description and history of each site.

Locations[edit]

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

Notable landmarks[edit]

Significant legacy historical sites[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m City of Allentown, official website, National Register of Historic Places
  2. ^ Whelan, Frank (June 8, 2005). "Bridge named after musician ** Albertus L. Meyers also was conductor of Allentown Band.". The Morning Call. pp. B.07.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Historical Allentown
  4. ^ Allentown Masonic Temple history
  5. ^ Historic Buildings Restored for Seniors Housing
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Allentown, 1762–1987, a 225 Year History, Volume II, 1921–1987, Lehigh County Historical Society, 1987.
  7. ^ Bogert Covered Bridge
  8. ^ Making the Dime Bank part of Allentown's arena, The Morning Call, April 08, 2013|By Scott Kraus, Of The Morning Call
  9. ^ a b Historic King George Inn closes in South Whitehall, The Morning Call, August 24, 2012|By Daniel Patrick Sheehan, Of The Morning Call
  10. ^ Haines Mill Museum
  11. ^ Bloom, Ken; Wolbers, Marian (1984). Allentown A Pictorial History (Special ed.). Norfolk, VA: The Donning Company/Publishers. pp. 18–19. 
  12. ^ National Park Service, Lehigh Canal
  13. ^ History of Lehigh County Prision
  14. ^ Neuweiler brewery was built in 1913, The Morning Call, September 01, 2004|By Frank Whelan Of The Morning Call
  15. ^ Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania Volume 1.
  16. ^ History's Headlines: Old courthouse gets new paint job for Lehigh County's 200th anniversary WFMZ Television Website, Frank Whelan , Historian, news@wfmz.com
  17. ^ a b c d e f g East of the Lehigh, A history of the 14th and 15th Ward, 1962, Allentown Bicentennial Commission
  18. ^ Honorary First Defenders
  19. ^ Allentown Art Museum website
  20. ^ "Allentown Fair". Official website. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  21. ^ "The Post Office – A Community Icon" (PDF). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  22. ^ Celebration, Change and Devastation 120 Years of Methodism in Allentown
  23. ^ Allentown Public Library: Just Reading Along With The Times WFMZ.com, 17 August 2011
  24. ^ Funding needed for winter homeless shelter in Allentown, The Morning Call, 29 October 2014
  25. ^ Allentown's Alliance Hall Has Jewish Roots, 18 August 2011
  26. ^ Synagogue moved decades ago, The Morning Call, 27 April 2005
  27. ^ America on Wheels website
  28. ^ Baum School of Art website
  29. ^ Philip and Muriel Berman Sculpture Park
  30. ^ "ECTB - Elite Championship Tournament Baseball - tournaments and showcases for youth baseball; ECTB Stadium". Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  31. ^ ""Archives: Past Editorials on baseball's departure from the Lehigh Valley", Morning Call, March 30, 2008 (originally published December 5, 1960)". Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  32. ^ Allentown Public Library: Just Reading Along With The Times, WFMZ History's Headlines, 17 August 2011
  33. ^ "History of Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena Parish". Diocese of Allentown. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  34. ^ "Cedar Crest At-a-Glance". Cedar Crest College official website. Retrieved 2008-06-01. [dead link]
  35. ^ Hartman, William L. (1908). "The Mayors of Allentown" (PDF). Proceedings of the Lehigh County Historical Society. Allentown, Pennsylvania: Lehigh County Historical Society (1st): 205–218. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  36. ^ Official website of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
  37. ^ Da Vinci Science Center website
  38. ^ Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Official website
  39. ^ a b c d Allentown PA Bicentennial - Lehigh Country Sesquicentennial 1962 Commemorative Book
  40. ^ 100 years ago today, flooding wiped out Allentown bridge, The Morning Call, February 28, 2002
  41. ^ Hotel on Allentown site since early 1800s, The Morning Call, 27 October 2004.
  42. ^ Pizza at the Paddock, Allentown Morning Call, October 08, 2003
  43. ^ J. Birney Crum Stadium at Allentown School District website
  44. ^ [Heritage Of Service Allentown Jcc Celebrates 75th Anniversary, The Morning Call, 27 February 1994]
  45. ^ Allentown Housing Authority - John T. Gross Towers
  46. ^ Allentown, Lehigh County officials to open Klines Bridge in Lehigh Parkway Lehigh Valley Live, September 2008.
  47. ^ Lehigh County Historical Society website
  48. ^ History's Headlines: The Livingston - once 'the nicest apartment house in Allentown' - set for a facelift WFMZ.com news, 12 October 2012
  49. ^ Lehigh County wants to replace Linden Street Bridge, The Morning Call, February 16, 2007
  50. ^ Mack Trucks Historical Museum website
  51. ^ Mack Shop pulls into Allentown
  52. ^ Martin Art Gallery
  53. ^ Merchants Square Model Train Exhibit
  54. ^ "About Symphony Hall". Allentown Symphony Association official website. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  55. ^ Muhlenberg College official website
  56. ^ "Admission: Frequently Asked Questions". Muhlenberg College official website. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  57. ^ Museum of Indian Culture website
  58. ^ "A Mini-History of the 19th Street Theatre". Civic Theatre of Allentown official website. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  59. ^ Butko (2011), Diners of Pennsylvania, Stackpole Books ISBN 0811706761
  60. ^ Allentown's Colonial Diner reopens following fire, The Morning Call, March 23rd 2014.
  61. ^ Nostos Greek Restaurant to open in Allentown's West End The Morning Call, September 9th 2015
  62. ^ Bridgehunter.com Overhill Road Bridge
  63. ^ Parkettes website
  64. ^ PPL Center website
  65. ^ "PPL History: 1920s". PPL Corporation official website. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  66. ^ Pines Dinner Theater
  67. ^ History's Headlines: The Queen City Airport: A 65 year saga, 1947-2012
  68. ^ Reading Road Bridge in Allentown to be repaired, not replaced Lehigh Valley Live October 15, 2013
  69. ^ Bridgehunter.com Salisbury Church Bridge
  70. ^ Lehigh Valley Brewery
  71. ^ Historic bridge in Allentown is target for vehicle strikes, The Morning Call, July 21, 2013
  72. ^ a b c Shankweiler's The Memories Live On, The Morning Call, March 10, 1994
  73. ^ Shankweiler's Drive-In website
  74. ^ Planned improvements will close Allentown bridge for two years, Lehigh Valley Live, May 08 2014
  75. ^ Traylor Hotel Website
  76. ^ Monument To A Magnate 75 Years Later, Hotel Still Bears The Stamp Of Samuel Traylor's Vision, 6 May 1991, The Morning Call
  77. ^ Union and West End Cemetery History
  78. ^ Allentown's Civil-War era cemetery plans re-enactments, anniversary events, The Morning Call, August 06, 2004
  79. ^ a b Pharmacy building was modern marvel, The Morning Call, 22 March 2008
  80. ^ Emil E. Otto Gives Personal Service To The End, John Duckett, The Morning Call, August 04, 1996
  81. ^ Allentown PA City Website, 15th Street and Ward Street bridges.
  82. ^ History of Allentown's West Park
  83. ^ "William F. Curtis Arboretum: Mission/History". Cedar Crest College official website. Archived from the original on 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  84. ^ A-Treat closing after nearly a century in Allentown The Morning Call, 23 January 2015
  85. ^ "Jaindl Companies Buying Allentown-Based A-Treat". WFMZ TV. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  86. ^ Big Argument From Little Acorn Grows In Lehigh Hearing Set On Historic Hotel. The Morning Call, 1 May 1995
  87. ^ Silk Mills Revitalized Allentown Industry In The 1880s, The Region's Once-flourishing Ironmaking Companies Were In A State Of Decline, Leaving A Workforce Ready-made For Textiles. The Morning Call, April 18 1999
  88. ^ Developer seeking silk mill project sweetens pot for Allentown School District Lehigh Valley Live, July 26 2013
  89. ^ Trestle was part of old trolley line, The Morning Call, September 10, 2003|By Frank Whelan Of The Morning Call
  90. ^ Molovinsky On Allentown, The Aineyville Viaduct, 5 August 2013
  91. ^ a b Allentown (Images of America) (2002), Bartholomew and Front
  92. ^ Car-making Revved Up Region 100 Years Ago * Eastern Pa. Was A Prime Location To Change American Transportation. The Morning Call, September 08 1996
  93. ^ a b Once, there were trolleys connecting the Valley, The Morning Call, April 11, 2004|By Frank Whelan Of The Morning Call
  94. ^ Whelan, Frank, Allentown Female College is ancestor of today's Cedar Crest, The Morning Call, 21 January 2004.
  95. ^ Past, Present and Future of the City of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Allentown Board of Trade, 1886
  96. ^ Past, Present, And Future Of The City Of Allentown, PA., 2012
  97. ^ a b c d Ann Bartholomew (Author), Carol M. Front (Author) (2002), Allentown (Images of America), Arcadia Publishing (April 8, 2002), ISBN 0738509965
  98. ^ Molovinsky On Allentown, 11 July 2011
  99. ^ http://www.wfmz.com/news/22364598/detail.html
  100. ^ a b c Last chapter of Allentown Trust Co. building written April 11, 2005|By Ron Devlin Of The Morning Call
  101. ^ Former Allentown plant on Lehigh Street supplied barbed wire to WWI trenches, The Morning Call, November 20th, 2002
  102. ^ Ski resort was Valley highlight in the 1960s
  103. ^ Apple Hill Lost Ski Area Profile
  104. ^ Remembering A&B: Former employees share memories of meat company, The Morning Call, September 14 2012
  105. ^ Wikipedia contributors. "Arbogast & Bastian." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 31 July 2013. Web. 22 November 2014.
  106. ^ Boyd Theater @ Cinema Treasures
  107. ^ a b Allentown PA Pergola Theater on 9th St. Original Blueprint Page 3 - Mar-Apr 1926
  108. ^ Mystery structure graced Allentown Center Square, The Morning Call, December 09 2011
  109. ^ Central Park once the Lehigh Valley amusement mecca died 60 years ago this summer
  110. ^ Book Focuses on Football under Crum, Allentown Morning Call, November 25, 1996
  111. ^ Stadium was named for athlete, ASK FRANK. Allentown High student A. Jack Coffield died in 1928 football practice. August 10, 2005
  112. ^ Athletics in ASD
  113. ^ Photos of Colonial Barbershop at Auction in 2012
  114. ^ The Shop Won't Bow To Change, The Morning Call, 20 September 1989
  115. ^ Frank Gallucci, 84, Allentown Barber. The Morning Call, 14 April 1998
  116. ^ Airport Drive-In
  117. ^ Super Skyway Drive-In
  118. ^ "suspicious' Fire Destroys Building At Old Drive-in, The Morning Call, November 24, 2003
  119. ^ West End Drive-in
  120. ^ Allentown to turn ex-Schoen's furniture into key institution on city's Arts Walk, The Morning Call, 20 March 2001
  121. ^ Dubs Memorial Church, Frank Whelan, History's Headlines, WFMZ.com, 19 April 2015
  122. ^ A Day's Work on the Duck Farm, The Morning Call, February 25, 1999
  123. ^ The '20s Roared With Sound On The Screen, Music On The Radio, The Morning Call, May 16, 1999
  124. ^ Molovinsky On Allentown, Food Fair, 14 June 2009
  125. ^ Wikipedia contributors. "Food Fair." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 31 March 2014. Web. 27 November 2014.
  126. ^ Old Brewery May Give Way To Parking Lot, Allentown Morning Call, January 28, 1990
  127. ^ Franklin Theatre in Allentown to be sold, expected to become office building
  128. ^ Freeman's Dairy had milk, rose garden and draft horsesm The Morning Call, March 20, 2002
  129. ^ a b History pours from the Lehigh Valley's breweries, The Morning Call, 15 March 2015'
  130. ^ New downtown Allentown men's store has historic roots, Whelan, WFMZ, 27 March 2015
  131. ^ History's Headlines: Lafayette Hotel fire was Allentown's Jazz Age tragedy, WFMZ website, 4 August 2011
  132. ^ Kulp, Randolph L., ed. (1989). History of Lehigh and New England Railroad Company. Lehigh Valley Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, Inc
  133. ^ Depot at Overlook Park
  134. ^ Brewery Days In Allentown, The Morning Call, 15 April 1993
  135. ^ Old Breweries Database, Allentown, PA
  136. ^ Allen's Little Palestra closed its doors 40 years ago Wednesday, The Morning Call, 12 February 2013
  137. ^ Wrecking Ball Ends History For Allentown Livingston Club, The Morning Call, 12 November 1999
  138. ^ Mack Closes Allentown Plant Los Angeles Times, October 23, 1987
  139. ^ Memories Of Big Bands, The Morning Call, February 20, 1994
  140. ^ Heffner, Earl, 1972, The Moll Gunsmiths, School of the Ozarks, Book Division; First Edition (1972)
  141. ^ a b Let Us Entertain You Decade Sees Movies Rise And Vaudeville Decline Defining America: The 1910s A Decade Of Immigration, The Morning Call, April 18, 1999
  142. ^ Recalling good times at Bob Good's Drug Store, The Morning Call, October 06, 2004|By Frank Whelan Of The Morning Call
  143. ^ Spaghetti House signing off, The Morning Call, 21 February 2008
  144. ^ a b The Day The Rialto Burned Down Allentown Sees A Landmark Fall To Fire In 1946, The Morning Call, 7 January 1990
  145. ^ Rialto Theater @ Cinematreasures.org
  146. ^ Possible demolition of former Sears store stirs memories for Allentown woman , WFMZ website, 9 December 2011
  147. ^ Mitt Romney uses closed Allentown shop to hit Obama, The Morning Call, June 30, 2011
  148. ^ Allentown Isn't Working, Romney Campaign Commercial
  149. ^ Monument To A Magnate 75 Years Later, Hotel Still Bears The Stamp Of Samuel Traylor's Vision, The Moring Call, May 6 1991
  150. ^ 1973 Trexler Lumber fire seared its Allentown neighborhood. The Morning Call, March 15, 2006
  151. ^ Summer Of Love A Collage Of Faces, A Portrait Of The Times Ed Russoli. The Morning Call, June 18, 1987|by KATHERINE REINHARD, The Morning Call
  152. ^ Walp's Restaurant: Memories of a beloved Pennsylvania Dutch eatery in Allentown, The Morning Call, 7 September 2013
  153. ^ The Morning Call articles about The Village Inn Restaurant
  154. ^ At&t Decided To Bring High Tech 50 Years Ago, The Morning Call, October 08, 1995
  155. ^ Molovinsky On Allentown, The Radiation Mystery: Wetherhold & Metzger, Sep 27, 2012
  156. ^ City-based Shoe Chain Reported Sold, The Morning Call, May 15, 1987|by TOM MOYLAN, The Morning Call
  157. ^ Wright School on Ott Street, Whelan, WFMZ, 17 January 2015

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