Apr 16, 2013

The History Of Union Terrace

The area now known as Joe Daddona Park has a rich history. The stone arch bridge dates back to 1828. If Lehigh County had it's way, it would already be gone. I'm proud to have played a part in it's reprieve. Today, I start a series of posts which will eventually lead to another Walk In The Park, this time in the area known for most of my life as Union Terrace. The park consists of the former city ice skating pond and the WPA amphitheater. This blog previously featured the train of Union Terrace, which was near the end of the former Barber Quarry Branch line. Talking of trains, shown above is the Joe Daddona house, which was originally the freight station of the Allentown and Reading Traction Company.

4 comments:

Jim Layland said...

The trolley freight motor shown in photo was not a Lehigh Valley Transit piece of equipment; it was part of the Allentown and Reading Traction Co. fleet. The Allentown carbarn of the A&R was also at this site. This line was in no way connected or part of Lehigh Valley Transit Co.

michael molovinsky said...

jim, if you would be so kind as to send another comment with your phone number, i'd enjoy and learn talking to you. i will not print the comment with your contact information.

michael molovinsky said...

in the first rendition of this post i misidentify the station and trolley as part of the Lehigh Valley Transit. The correction was provided by Jim Layland. Enlargement of other photo's and blueprints verify that indeed it was part of the Allentown and Reading Co. It also explains why the track only goes in one direction, west. Walnut Street further out, and still today, is called Reading Road.

michael molovinsky said...

Jim Layland sent more information about the Allentown and Reading line:
The A&R track also went east from that point along Walnut St. to 7th. At 7th the track turned north and ended just short of Hamilton St., literally "the end of the line" The LVT tracks ran east and west along Hamilton St. but the two systems were never physically or financially connected.