Historical and Notable Sites 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 is one of the oldest major cities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States, being established in 1762. It has deep roots in the history of the nation, being 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 no less than 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 City of Allentown, official website, Historical Allentown
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (SEARCHABLE DATABASE). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Charles S. Canning (October 2003). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Allentown Masonic Temple: Part 1" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-12-29. , "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Allentown Masonic Temple: Part 2" (PDF). , "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Allentown Masonic Temple: Part 3" (PDF). , and "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Allentown Masonic Temple: Part 4" (PDF). 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Allentown, 1762–1987, a 225 Year history, Volume II, 1921–1987, Lehigh County Historical Society, 1987.
  4. ^ Making the Dime Bank part of Allentown's arena
  5. ^ Bloom, Ken; Wolbers, Marian (1984). Allentown A Pictorial History (Special Edition ed.). Norfolk, VA: The Donning Company/Publishers. pp. 18–19. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g East of the Lehigh, A history of the 14th and 15th Ward, 1962, Allentown Bicentennial Commission
  7. ^ Allentown Art Museum website
  8. ^ "Allentown Fair". Official website. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  9. ^ "The Post Office – A Community Icon" (PDF). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  10. ^ Celebration, Change and Devastation 120 Years of Methodism in Allentown
  11. ^ Allentown Public Library: Just Reading Along With The Times WFMZ.com, 17 August 2011
  12. ^ Funding needed for winter homeless shelter in Allentown, The Morning Call, 29 October 2014
  13. ^ Allentown's Alliance Hall Has Jewish Roots, 18 August 2011
  14. ^ Synagogue moved decades ago, The Morning Call, 27 April 2005
  15. ^ America on Wheels website
  16. ^ Baum School of Art website
  17. ^ Philip and Muriel Berman Sculpture Park
  18. ^ "ECTB - Elite Championship Tournament Baseball - tournaments and showcases for youth baseball; ECTB Stadium". Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  19. ^ ""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. 
  20. ^ Allentown Public Library: Just Reading Along With The Times, WFMZ History's Headlines, 17 August 2011
  21. ^ "History of Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena Parish". Diocese of Allentown. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  22. ^ "Cedar Crest At-a-Glance". Cedar Crest College official website. Archived from the original on 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  23. ^ 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. 
  24. ^ Official website of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
  25. ^ Da Vinci Science Center website
  26. ^ Allentown to turn ex-Schoen's furniture into key institution on city's Arts Walk, The Morning Call, 20 March 2001
  27. ^ Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Official website
  28. ^ a b c d Allentown PA Bicentennial - Lehigh Country Sesquicentennial 1962 Commemorative Book
  29. ^ 100 years ago today, flooding wiped out Allentown bridge, The Morning Call, February 28, 2002
  30. ^ Haines Mill Museum
  31. ^ Hotel on Allentown site since early 1800s, The Morning Call, 27 October 2004.
  32. ^ J. Birney Crum Stadium at Allentown School District website
  33. ^ [Heritage Of Service Allentown Jcc Celebrates 75th Anniversary, The Morning Call, 27 February 1994]
  34. ^ Allentown Housing Authority - John T. Gross Towers
  35. ^ Allentown, Lehigh County officials to open Klines Bridge in Lehigh Parkway Lehigh Valley Live, September 2008.
  36. ^ Lehigh County Historical Society website
  37. ^ Lehigh Valley Laser Tag
  38. ^ History's Headlines: The Livingston - once 'the nicest apartment house in Allentown' - set for a facelift WFMZ.com news, 12 October 2012
  39. ^ Lehigh County wants to replace Linden Street Bridge, The Morning Call, February 16, 2007
  40. ^ Mack Trucks Historical Museum website
  41. ^ Mack Shop pulls into Allentown
  42. ^ Martin Art Gallery
  43. ^ Merchants Square Model Train Exhibit
  44. ^ "About Symphony Hall". Allentown Symphony Association official website. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  45. ^ Muhlenberg College official website
  46. ^ "Admission: Frequently Asked Questions". Muhlenberg College official website. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  47. ^ Museum of Indian Culture website
  48. ^ "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. 
  49. ^ Bridgehunter.com Overhill Road Bridge
  50. ^ Pizza at the Paddock, Allentown Morning Call, October 08, 2003
  51. ^ Parkettes website
  52. ^ PPL Center website
  53. ^ "PPL History: 1920s". PPL Corporation official website. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  54. ^ Pines Dinner Theater
  55. ^ History's Headlines: The Queen City Airport: A 65 year saga, 1947-2012
  56. ^ Reading Road Bridge in Allentown to be repaired, not replaced Lehigh Valley Live October 15, 2013
  57. ^ Bridgehunter.com Salisbury Church Bridge
  58. ^ Historic bridge in Allentown is target for vehicle strikes, The Morning Call, July 21, 2013
  59. ^ a b c Shankweiler's The Memories Live On, The Morning Call, March 10, 1994
  60. ^ Shankweiler's Drive-In website
  61. ^ Planned improvements will close Allentown bridge for two years, Lehigh Valley Live, May 08 2014
  62. ^ Traylor Hotel Website
  63. ^ Monument To A Magnate 75 Years Later, Hotel Still Bears The Stamp Of Samuel Traylor's Vision, 6 May 1991, The Morning Call
  64. ^ Union and West End Cemetery History
  65. ^ Allentown's Civil-War era cemetery plans re-enactments, anniversary events, The Morning Call, August 06, 2004
  66. ^ a b Pharmacy building was modern marvel, The Morning Call, 22 March 2008
  67. ^ Allentown PA City Website, 15th Street and Ward Street bridges.
  68. ^ History of Allentown's West Park
  69. ^ "William F. Curtis Arboretum: Mission/History". Cedar Crest College official website. Archived from the original on 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  70. ^ A-Treat closing after nearly a century in Allentown The Morning Call, 23 January 2015
  71. ^ Big Argument From Little Acorn Grows In Lehigh Hearing Set On Historic Hotel. The Morning Call, 1 May 1995
  72. ^ 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
  73. ^ Developer seeking silk mill project sweetens pot for Allentown School District Lehigh Valley Live, July 26 2013
  74. ^ a b Allentown (Images of America) (2002), Bartholomew and Front
  75. ^ Car-making Revved Up Region 100 Years Ago * Eastern Pa. Was A Prime Location To Change American Transportation. The Morning Call, September 08 1996
  76. ^ a b c d e Old Breweries Database, Allentown, PA
  77. ^ Past, Present and Future of the City of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Allentown Board of Trade, 1886
  78. ^ Molovinsky On Allentown, 11 July 2011
  79. ^ http://www.wfmz.com/news/22364598/detail.html
  80. ^ Whelan, Frank, Allentown Female College is ancestor of today's Cedar Crest, The Mornig Call, 21 January 2004.
  81. ^ Former Allentown plant on Lehigh Street supplied barbed wire to WWI trenches, The Morning Call, November 20th, 2002
  82. ^ Ski resort was Valley highlight in the 1960s
  83. ^ Apple Hill Lost Ski Area Profile
  84. ^ Remembering A&B: Former employees share memories of meat company, The Morning Call, September 14 2012
  85. ^ Wikipedia contributors. "Arbogast & Bastian." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 31 Jul. 2013. Web. 22 Nov. 2014.
  86. ^ Boyd Theater @ Cinema Treasures
  87. ^ Mystery structure graced Allentown Center Square, The Morning Call, December 09 2011
  88. ^ Central Park once the Lehigh Valley amusement mecca died 60 years ago this summer
  89. ^ Photos of Colonial Barbershop at Auction in 2012
  90. ^ The Shop Won't Bow To Change, The Morning Call, 20 September 1989
  91. ^ Frank Gallucci, 84, Allentown Barber. The Morning Call, 14 April 1998
  92. ^ Airport Drive-In
  93. ^ Super Skyway Drive-In
  94. ^ "suspicious' Fire Destroys Building At Old Drive-in, The Morning Call, November 24, 2003
  95. ^ West End Drive-in
  96. ^ Dubs Memorial Church, Frank Whelan, History's Headlines, WFMZ.com, 19 April 2015
  97. ^ A Day's Work on the Duck Farm, The Morning Call, February 25, 1999
  98. ^ The '20s Roared With Sound On The Screen, Music On The Radio, The Morning Call, May 16, 1999
  99. ^ Molovinsky On Allentown, Food Fair, 14 June 2009
  100. ^ Wikipedia contributors. "Food Fair." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 31 Mar. 2014. Web. 27 Nov. 2014.
  101. ^ Old Brewery May Give Way To Parking Lot, Allentown Morning Call, January 28, 1990
  102. ^ Freeman's Dairy had milk, rose garden and draft horsesm The Morning Call, March 20, 2002
  103. ^ a b History pours from the Lehigh Valley's breweries, The Morning Call, 15 March 2015'
  104. ^ Book Focuses on Football under Crum, Allentown Morning Call, November 25, 1996
  105. ^ Stadium was named for athlete, ASK FRANK. Allentown High student A. Jack Coffield died in 1928 football practice. August 10, 2005
  106. ^ Athletics in ASD
  107. ^ New downtown Allentown men's store has historic roots, Whelan, WFMZ, 27 March 2015
  108. ^ History's Headlines: Lafayette Hotel fire was Allentown's Jazz Age tragedy, WFMZ website, 4 August 2011
  109. ^ Kulp, Randolph L., ed. (1989). History of Lehigh and New England Railroad Company. Lehigh Valley Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, Inc
  110. ^ Depot at Overlook Park
  111. ^ Brewery Days In Allentown, The Morning Call, 15 April 1993
  112. ^ Allen's Little Palestra closed its doors 40 years ago Wednesday, The Morning Call, 12 February 2013
  113. ^ Wrecking Ball Ends History For Allentown Livingston Club, The Morning Call, 12 November 1999
  114. ^ Mack Closes Allentown Plant Los Angeles Times, October 23, 1987
  115. ^ Heffner, Earl, 1972, The Moll Gunsmiths, School of the Ozarks, Book Division; First Edition (1972)
  116. ^ 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
  117. ^ Spaghetti House signing off, The Morning Call, 21 February 2008
  118. ^ The Day The Rialto Burned Down Allentown Sees A Landmark Fall To Fire In 1946, The Morning Call, 7 January 1990
  119. ^ Rialto Theater @ Cinematreasures.org
  120. ^ Butko (2011), Diners of Pennsylvania, Stackpole Books, ISBN 0811706761
  121. ^ Possible demolition of former Sears store stirs memories for Allentown woman , WFMZ website, 9 December 2011
  122. ^ Mitt Romney uses closed Allentown shop to hit Obama, The Morning Call, June 30, 2011
  123. ^ Allentown Isn't Working, Romney Campaign Commercial
  124. ^ Monument To A Magnate 75 Years Later, Hotel Still Bears The Stamp Of Samuel Traylor's Vision, The Moring Call, May 6 1991
  125. ^ 1973 Trexler Lumber fire seared its Allentown neighborhood. The Morning Call, March 15th, 2006
  126. ^ Walp's Restaurant: Memories of a beloved Pennsylvania Dutch eatery in Allentown, The Morning Call, 7 September 2013
  127. ^ The Morning Call articles about The Village Inn Restaurant
  128. ^ At&t Decided To Bring High Tech 50 Years Ago, The Morning Call, October 08, 1995
  129. ^ Wright School on Ott Street, Whelan, WFMZ, 17 January 2015

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