Monday, March 30, 2020
“Why is the summer mist romantic and the autumn mist just sad?”
~ Dorothy Gladys “Dodie” Smith
~ from “I Capture the Castle”
~ published 1948
Evoking a beguiling sense of mystery, the summer mist rises from the Little Lehigh Creek under Bogert’s Covered Bridge on a warm late August evening at Lehigh Parkway, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Bogert’s Covered Bridge spans 145 feet over the Little Lehigh Creek.
Built in 1841, its history traces back to the mid-1700s when the Bogert family moved into a log cabin next to the future site of the bridge. It is the oldest covered bridge in Lehigh County and among the oldest in the country. It is open only to pedestrian and bicycle traffic, as well as the occasional rider on horseback.
Bogert’s Covered Bridge is a wooden Burr Truss bridge with vertical plank siding and a gable roof. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Monday, January 13, 2020
“Trains, like time and tide, stop for no one.”
~ Jules Verne
A mid-April sunset reflects in the windows of The Blue Comet train car at Clinton Station Diner, Clinton, New Jersey. The windows face Interstate 78.
I shot this image when stopping for supper at the diner on the way home to Pennsylvania after a wonderful spring day trip to New York City. The meal was delicious and served in the cool, unique and historic train car.
Seating at the diner, which opened in February 2004, is offered in the authentic 1927 Blue Comet Train Car. The Blue Comet was one of the most luxurious and legendary trains in New Jersey history. It crashed August 19, 1939 in the then village of Chatsworth in the middle of the Pine Barrens.
For more information on The Blue Comet and its history, visit the diner’s website, . The site includes a video of the train car being delivered to the diner many years ago.
Clinton is a town in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, located on the South Branch of the Raritan River.
The town is perhaps best known for its two mills which sit on opposite banks of the South Branch Raritan River. The Red Mill, with its historic village, dates back to 1810 with the development of a mill for wool processing. Across the river sits the Stone Mill, home of the Hunterdon Art Museum for Contemporary Craft and Design, located in a former gristmill that had been reconstructed in 1836 and operated continuously until 1936. In 1952, a group of local residents conceived of a plan to convert the historic building into an art museum, which is still in operation today.
Sunday, December 22, 2019
“Silver bells, silver bells
It’s Christmastime in the city …”
~composed by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Early Christmas shoppers share in the hustle and bustle of the season in front of Historic Hotel Bethlehem in historic downtown Bethlehem, Pennsylvania the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
During the Prohibition in 1922, Charles M. Schwab built the Historic Hotel Bethlehem as it’s known it today. However, that little spot in the town of Bethlehem has a history with deep roots.
The Moravians were very dedicated to their mission. Using this spot as a home base, they started “schooling the unschooled” and converting the “heathen” indigenous people. The Moravians were so passionate and dedicated that within 20 years, they had built 50 more buildings and were working on several different industries. All from within the structures they had built.
In the late 18th century, under the first presidency, George Washington, the First House of Bethlehem was converted to the Golden Eagle Hotel. The hotel operated in this incarnation until 1919, when the building started housing convalescing soldiers returning from World War I.
In 1922, Schwab’s fortune was on the rise and he was one of the stars of American Steel. Schwab built the hotel to cater to the clients of the enormous Bethlehem Steel Company and even back then, it featured amenities equivalent to modern day luxuries, such as, a fitness center, a barber shop, shoe shine, and coffee shop.
Nowadays, the Historic Hotel Bethlehem proudly displays its story in its lower lobby's Hall of History. Artifacts from the town’s history (religious settlement to industrial boomtown) such as photographs and printed materials are showcased as well. A 1936 George Gray painting located in the Mural Room depicts the transformation of the culture surrounding the building.
Historic Hotel Bethlehem, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2002, dates back to 1922.
Bethlehem is known as The Christmas City. Since that Christmas Eve 1741when a small group of Moravians were singing a hymn with the stanza “Not Jerusalem, Lowly Bethlehem” Count Nicolaus Ludwig Von Zinzendorf christened this little town “Bethlehem.” Since that time Christmas in Bethlehem has been central to the city’s identity. From the first documented decorated Christmas tree in America to the efforts of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce to get Bethlehem nicknamed “Christmas City USA” in 1937, to the current time when both sides of the river boast Christmas markets filled with artisan craft, retail and food vendors, Bethlehem is rife with one Christmas celebration after another.