By Martha Capwell Fox

as soon as one of the wealthiest groups within the state, Catasauqua was once the birthplace of the trendy American iron and metal undefined. The power and inventiveness of industrialists akin to David Thomas, J.W. Fuller, and Leonard Peckitt spurred the expansion and unfold the celebrity of the Iron Borough a long way past the Lehigh Valley. marketers and employees flocked to Catasauqua and North Catasauqua. They crammed its mansions and row homes, church buildings and faculties, silk turbines, saloons, and enjoying fields with households who have been proud to name the "Million buck city" home.

Their satisfaction is obvious within the pictures in Catasauqua and North Catasauqua. Bustling companies, spacious colleges, loved church buildings, opulent homes, mammoth parades and public celebrations, and powerful, convinced faces abound in those pictures. The end result of that delight and prosperity got here in 1914, while Catasauqua welcomed the area to rejoice the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Crane Iron Works with previous domestic Week. lower than ten years later, the iron enterprise used to be long gone, its final years recorded in notable pictures. lifestyles in Catasauqua, even though tougher, went on and this present day, the history of the Iron Borough days is seen in every single place in either towns-the streets, homes, and church buildings nonetheless enjoyed and lived in as they have been a century or extra ago.

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