Leaving New Jersey :
Northwest from the 2nd lookout
A view of the Delaware River and the surrounding mountains taken near Delaware Water Gap, Pa. from the third lookout on what we assume is a hiking trail. Elton's notes say he is facing northwest. The view is the same as that of 2009.1.311 & .315, but it was taken about a half hour later than either of those. The Delaware River is broken up here by several bars or small islands.

The large structure in the middle of the shot is Kittatinny House, the first of the grand Victorian hotels built near the Delaware Water Gap. Originally begun in 1829 it was intended to be a boarding house but the owner ran into difficulties and sold the unfinished building. When it finally opened in 1835, it was as a hotel that could sleep 25 guests. Over the next 96 years it grew until it could contain anywhere from 200 to 500 guests (the historical record is unclear). Kittatinny House burned to the ground 6 years after this photo was taken -- but some of its ruins can still be seen today along route 611 in Pennsylvania.

Just north of Kittatinny House is the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Water Gap Station. Train cars can be seen sitting on some of the tracks. Today the station is owned by Pennsylvania's park system and may be undergoing restoration. Behind the station is Delaware House, also a hotel.

Small bridges cross from the shore by the station over to a largish island in the river where there are a bunch of tents for campers. To the right of the campsite boats or rocks can be seen in the river. Just beyond that a large bridge with trusses, either a railroad bridge or a roadway bridge, spans the width of the river.
Delaware Water Gap, PA (Town)
Wade, Elton H. L.
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Franklin Township Public Library
Elton H. L. Wade Photograph Collection
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