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The Shortcut: 1900

The Shortcut: 1900

        UPDATE: Shorpy member keyjan's sleuthing reveals the mysterious hole to be Wooton (or Wootton) Spring.

Monroe County, Pennsylvania, circa 1900. "Riverside drive, Delaware Water Gap." The sign on the tree and inscription over the hole are, unfortunately, not quite legible. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

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Wooton Spring

The sign over the opening reads
"WOOTON
SPRING
1832
GEORGE
W
CHILDS"

The leafy pathway is now Pennsylvania Route 611, Riverside Drive. Look carefully at the light area to the left of the big tree and the rocks and you can see the railroad tracks of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western RR. The railroad is still in use by the resurrected Delaware & Lackawanna -- a shortline freight railroad. PA 611 runs from Philadelphia to Coolbaugh Township.

History of the spring

Hobbit hole?

This looks like a scene from Middle Earth.

Leaves on the trees.

Tons of leaves on the ground, awaiting the invention of the leaf blower. Sign on the tree is likely meant to be read from horseback. Nice photo, with a slightly mysterious quality. Can you spot the bear in the picture? Me neither.

Watch out for flying monkeys

I'd turn back if I was you.

Wooton Spring

Here it is on an old postcard.

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