Apr 1, 2013

The Monumental Wall of Lehigh Parkway

Most Allentonians learned about the monumental 700 foot wall on April 26, 1936, when The Morning Call first presented photographs of the nearly completed WPA project. Many residents, who mostly lived in center city, didn't even know how to get to the park. There's an entry in the Lehigh County historical archives which tells of a group, including a Chronicle reporter, hunting for the park, to view the new structure. They finally enter the park from Emmaus, the current South 24th Street, because the Allentown park entrance isn't fully established. The Allentown side was then referred to as South 17th St. Join me this Saturday, April 6th, and learn about an aspect of the wall which is now gone, and another proposed addition, that was never built.

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