Slatington

Located across from Walnutport on the west side of the Lehigh River, Slatington became the center of the region’s Slate industry. In its heyday, slate was used for everything from durable roofing shingles to chalk boards in schools. The Lehigh Slate Company’s quarries, in and around Slatington, were among the largest in the U.S., and furnished some of the country’s highest quality slate.
 
But a large portion of Slatington’s growth and success is also directly tied to the opening of the Lehigh Canal, and the ease of shipping that resulted. The town further blossomed when the railroad was built in the late 19th century. Today’s traditional downtown, with large Victorian homes, is a reminder of the commerce generated by the canal, railroad and slate industry. Look carefully and you’ll notice elaborate slate roofs that display the beauty of this local building material, which was once shipped as far away as British Columbia and used to adorn the provincial capital building in the Canadian province.  Slatington’s streetscape artifacts are closely tied to the story of extraction, processing, transporting and marketing of slate.

Things to see and do in Slatington

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    Fireman’s Drinking Fountain

    Fireman’s Drinking Fountain

    Fireman's Drinking Fountain honors the living as well as the spirit of voluntary service in the Slatington region.

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    Slatington Trailhead

    The Slate Heritage Trail, which follows Trout Creek to the west and out of town, intersects the D&L Trail at this trailhead.

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    Trailhead at Lehigh Gap Nature Center

    Located just south of Lehigh Gap Nature Center, this trailhead is the ideal spot to start a walk or ride on the D&L Trail either north into the gap or south into Slatington.

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