Ontelaunee Park, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

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New Tripoli, Pennsylvania is a small town that is thirty miles northwest of Allentown.  It is not a very popular town, but it is where you will find Ontelaunee Park.  Features of this park include an eternal flame memorial, a historic village operated by the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society and an amphitheater.  There is also a stream that runs along the west edge.  It is a beautiful town park that is good for a lovely stroll.

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Now some of you are saying, “I love these small town parks.  They are so lovely.  However, there are no trains.  Therefore, you will not be seeing me here.”

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As mentioned, the park has a small village, memorial and an amphitheater.  The other feature includes a replica of the New Tripoli Train Depot.  New Tripoli was a town once served by a railroad.  Sadly, the railroad is gone.  The town had regular passenger service that…

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