Abandoned Train Tracks & Cement Factory – Northampton, PA – 5/28/16

Disclaimer:  I do not promote trespassing on grounds that are off limits to the public.  If you wish to visit an abandoned place, for your safety, please reach out to the property owners to gain access.  If you don’t, I am not held accountable for the fines or injuries that may occur.

Took a break from concerts to wander around Northampton’s wooded area.  I have visited both places years back, but the photos were subpar.  This time I decided to visit in hopes of capturing better photographs and quality.  Both areas I know little about such as the history, use, or when they went out of commission.  I’ve searched and searched, but couldn’t find any information.  The last resort would be county records or local residents.  For now, I rather explore and photograph the grounds without knowing.  The first spot is along the Lehigh River, only a mile if that, by the bridge leading into Coplay, PA.  Going to the area is easy and even though I took shots from the train tracks, I am kind of suspicious of crossing it.  I haven’t and I think I won’t.

The next spot is along the Nor Bath Trail, and unless it is Autumn, it is very hard to see from the trail.  Not sure how to explain to get to the location, but I remember passing a wall.  The property seems interesting in a sense that there is a story there.  I heard it was part of the cement factory, but I have no hard evidence to prove that.  The ground’s is littered with many cement landmarks you can walk on or in.  A lot of local kids seem to have parties around the area here.  Maybe I will find out what the true history of these places are, but for now I will leave it a mystery.

4 thoughts on “Abandoned Train Tracks & Cement Factory – Northampton, PA – 5/28/16

  1. The last picture is of the remnants of a building belonging to Thomas Iron Works of Hokebdauqua, PA. It was built in the 17 hundred ishes. The trestle was built before 1856 but I don’t know the exact date. It linked what was then Stemton to Coplay and did a loop around and connected to the Ironton as well too I believe. The trestle is really old.. where you are standing to take the picture is over 161 years old. The middle part of the trestle was washed away by the flood of 1942 and then rebuilt. The Lehigh Coal and navigation canal went right under the trestle to lock 35 .. you can actually stand inside the remnants of the canal lock! Pretty neat stuff. 🙂

  2. When I was 15 years old, a friend and I visited his brother on the Coplay side, he lived beside the track. We heard a train crossing the Tressel bridge. I am now 65 years old. That may be the last time. JJDZ.

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