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Pocono Depot: 1905

Pocono Depot: 1905

1905. "Lackawanna Railway station, Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Stone ditch

Noticed that even the ditch has stone work (also likely to prevent erosion, muddy situations and/or to minimize plant growth). The craftsmanship and attention to detail, even in things that appear mundane, is impressive.

Simple Elegance

I could look at Pocono Depot all day. Sadly, it was at least partially demolished in 1937. I hate to imagine what cinder-block cube might occupy the space today.

Roofing job continued

Excellent point. I have family records showing both sides of my family residing in Monroe County back to the early 1700s. I spent my youth visiting relatives in that area. I've never seen such a place shift so much from beauty to utility, as has the Pocono Mountains. All of the man-made beauty that once imprinted the architecture of the area in places like Pocono Manor, Buck Hill Lodge, Skytop ended in the 1960s. The Poconos is a shell of what it once was. The downfall started in the 1950s with the building of Rt. 611.

Incredible roofing job

I'm always amazed at man's willingness to make things harder for himself just for the sake of beauty, like taking the time to put those rows of contrasting shingles on the station roof.

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