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Kittatinny House: 1905

Kittatinny House: 1905

Circa 1905. "Kittatinny House, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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[It was destroyed by fire in 1931.]

Well of course it was, was there ever any doubt?

Dreaming of a Different Time

I see these pictures on Shorpy of the way people lived and played back in those days and I feel left out that I cannot experience the same. Wouldn't it be great to take a trip on a river boat like the stern and side wheelers we see in these photos? Even just a day trip down river and back. How would you like to visit the seaside and see Coney Island or Atlantic City back then and wander up or down the boardwalk? What would it be like to stay in one of the big hotels or popular inns that are featured in these photos? Actually, a lot of us would not have been fortunate enough to afford a trip or a vacation to some of these places. Money was as tight then, or tighter, than it is now. But it is nice to dream and just imagine that you are there enjoying the sights and sounds.

Just a memory

The best I could find out is that there are ruins of the fountain and the stone ovens.

[It was destroyed by fire in 1931.]

A stream runs through it

One unique feature of Kittatinny House was the mountain stream that ran through the kitchen (I hope it was planned that way). The road we see with the horses and buggy is now Route 611, with I-80 down below along the Delaware River, which divides New Jersey and Pennsylvania here at the Delaware Water Gap. Nearby is what's described as the best rock climbing in New Jersey.

Here's the fountain we see at the far end of Shorpy's photo. Dave, would all this light come from one Mother of All Gunpowder Flashes?

NPS information

A user-friendly pdf of the Park Service's Spanning the Gap newsletter provides background and a map of the resort.

Tree power

Interesting use. Trees don't grow upwards their whole length but only at the top. The trees grow in girth. So at least the lines won't move up through the years. The standoffs might evidentially be engulfed in the outer layers of the tree.


They may have been used to keep insects out - like a screen window

Any trees left after it was built?

Wow...what a monster.
Imagine the maintenance required....paint...shutters,

Natural telephone poles

Notice the trees on the right are used for telephone poles.

Need A Break

The gentleman to the left looks to be taking a break from the food service area to have a smoke.


Excuse me but are those curtains on the outside of the window?

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