1862 -1969Entrepreneur Asa Parker founded the Lehigh Valley Railroad (LVRR) in 1853 to more efficiently transport anthracite coal to market. A freight and passenger station was constructed on this site in 1862. The LVRR Slatedale Branch opened in 1870 for the purpose of transporting slate from western quarries. By the 1890s the LVRR stretched from New York Harbor, through the Lehigh Valley, to Buffalo NY. The Black Diamond Express was LVRR's most famous passenger train. LVRR discontinued passenger service in 1961, which resulted in the closing of the Slatington Railroad Station. On February 1, 1969, 31 cars of the LVRR freight train derailed just north of Main Street. The derailment severely damaged the station, and forced the building to be razed.
|Placed By||Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 6:02am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 448970 N 4511458|
|Decimal Degrees||40.75250000, -75.60450000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 45.15', W 75° 36.27'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 45' 9" N, 75° 36' 16.2" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||610, 484|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1-89 Main St, Slatington PA 18080, US|
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