Thank Josiah White

Thank Josiah White (HM25U5)

Location: White Haven, PA 18661 Luzerne County
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N 41° 3.373', W 75° 46.29'

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"Whitehaven is situated at the head of the Lehigh Navigation, and some eight or ten miles above the commencement of the coal formation. Its trade is therefore confined to the running of lumber; and this, judging from the number of sawmills in the place, and its vicinity, and the immense quantity of board piles that, for several miles above it, literally line the banks of the river, must be extensive."

1844 passenger on packet boat heading for Mauch Chunk

Josiah White serves as a fitting namesake for the town of White Haven. White's Lehigh Canal linked coal from the valleys to the lucrative markets and transformed this logging settlement into a thriving community in Luzerne County.

Nearly 100 homes, stores, hotels, boarding houses and even fine restaurants put mid-19th century White Haven boldly on the map. Five doctors tended the sick. Two lawyers managed the town's legal affairs. Two milliners offered White Haven women choice in fashion.

Railroads followed the canal and in the early 20th century carried tuberculosis patients to the private and public sanatoriums that took advantage of White Haven's fresh air.

Today, the river remains the focus of the town. White Haven is a popular access for boating and fishing on the Lehigh, designated

one of Pennsylvania's Wild and Scenic Rivers.
HM NumberHM25U5
Placed ByPennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 435170 N 4545284
Decimal Degrees41.05621667, -75.77150000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 3.373', W 75° 46.29'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 3' 22.38" N, 75° 46' 17.4" W
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Area Code(s)570
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Lehigh Gorge Trail, White Haven PA 18661, US
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