Images of America: Summit Hill

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by Lee Mantz

When Philip Ginder kicked up a piece of black stone at the top of Sharp Mountain in 1791, he paved the way for a million-dollar coal industry that thrived for more than a century and spawned the birth of Summit Hill.  In 1827, the Switchback Gravity Railroad was built for the purpose of hauling coal from Summit Hill to the Lehigh River in Mauch Chunk.

This book chronicles the history of Summit Hill through pictures from the Summit Hill Historical Society