Over the river and through the woods: Stagecoach travel in Monroe County

It was a natural evolution from sharing rides and offering a little space in a wagon to charging customers for hauling freight or for passenger seats on a stagecoach. Read More...

1924: Motorcycle races come to Monroe County

The weekend of June 6-8, 1924 was full of two-wheeled excitement for Monroe County residents when the borough of Stroudsburg hosted a weekend of professional and amateur motorcycle races at the Stroudsburg Fairgrounds. Read More...

When ferries crossed the Delaware River

The Delaware River is an important natural feature that delineates part of the border between New York and Pennsylvania and the entire border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This important waterway provides not only drinking water for many surrounding communities but also numerous recreational opportunities for local residents and visitors to the area.
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Keystone Shortway (Interstate 80) comes to Monroe County

Every day, thousands of motorists travel Interstate 80 through Monroe County. Interstate 80 traverses the United States, beginning in the east in New Jersey and ending in the west in California, and 311 of the nearly 3,000 miles of the highway are located in Pennsylvania. Plans for what became known as the Keystone Shortway began in the early 1950s. Read More...

Railroad tower in East Stroudsburg

Near the corner of Lackawanna and Analomink streets in East Stroudsburg stands a strange, small building located just next to the railroad tracks. With a footprint of only about 15 by 21 feet, the tower stands two stories tall. This is the railroad signal tower. With its many windows in the upper floor, the tower provided a man working inside with a clear view of the tracks. The man could also be easily seen from below, but the structure was private, not open to the public, and perhaps there was a bit of a mystery about what the building was for and why the man was working there. Read More...

The bicycle comes to Monroe County in 1890s

In the 1890s, a wonder in technological innovation came to Monroe County — the bicycle — and this simple and personal form of transportation revolutionized the population. Up until this time, anyone who needed to travel did so by foot, by horse, by wagon, or by rail. Easy access to an automobile was still a generation or two away. Read More...