Easton History, Pennsylvania
Easton, PA US – History
Easton has been regarded as a great historical city close to Bethlehem and Allentown. In 1736, Thomas Penn visited a place at the confluence of Lehigh Valley River and Delaware River. In 1750, Easton was born at the place of “Thousand Acre Tract”. The native Indians called this place “Lechawitauk”. The Great Square of Easton has historical importance and it has been regarded as a great gathering place for the visitors for many years.
It was also considered as a focal point of the city. After the completion of the Lehigh Valley Canal in 1829, more industrial development was witnessed in the valley of Easton. Canal Street was built and it became one of the largest commercial centers in USA. For the next years to come, Easton continued to grow as a center of industry, education, economy and tourism. Many touristic spots and resorts were built to attract visitors from all over the world.
In the northeast corner of the city was Bachmann Tavern, which has served as a tavern and as a residence of George Taylor. It has also been visited by Ben Franklin and George Washington. Bachmann Tavern has also served as a social center and courtroom for many years.
Most of the historical buildings in Easton are still intact. Easton Heritage Alliance contributed to renovate the historical buildings of Easton. Center Square in Easton was established in 1765 and demolished in 1862. It has served as an outdoor Farmers Market. It is also marked as place of “first public reading”.
The Civil War monument is a 75 foot tall obelisk still stands and topped by a Bugler. It was initially called Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument and it was designed to honor all the armed forces. In 1811, Easton Public Library established and it collected books on 700 titles.
After many crises, including the Civil War, the Library was renovated and given a new name of Easton Public Library Association. Easton School District got the financial responsibility of this library. Easton has still preserved many historical monuments and buildings including Herman Simon Mansion, Jacob Nicholas House, Lafayette College, Larry Holmes Drive, Northampton County Museum and Parson Taylor House etc.
The first Postal system in Easton was established in 1793 by United States Congress.
In 1873, State Theatre was built to show the community’s commitment to arts, fun and entertainment. The State Theater has a wonderful history. In 1925, the theatre was closed and rebuilt by Architect William Lee of Philadelphia. Today, the State Theatre has a seating capacity of more than 1,500 people and it holds a variety of theatrical performances throughout the year.
The history of Easton is marked by great historical events, traditions and socioeconomic changes. Many people contributed to the development of this city.
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