Lou's Place in Cyberspace
OLD POCONOS IN PHOTOS
Presented here are a group of photos and postcards which show the West End of the scenic Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, as they were long ago. Fast development over the last twenty years have changed the serene mountains into a bustle of communities, but is was not so long ago there were dirt roads, no traffic lights, and travel was done with horse and wagon.
Special thanks to fellow historian and life-long resident of Lake Mineola and Allentown Pennsylvania, Fran Widdicombe Mabus, for sharing some of her huge collection of Postcards and photos she has collected over the years. I appreciate the hours Fran spent scanning them for presentation here.
Fran has been a great help in proving local historical information, and insight into the Lake Mineola area, which was once a popular resort area in the West End area of the POCONO Mountains.
Lake Mineola, just north of rt. 209 near the center of the Village of Brodheadsville, was once a popular resort area in the 1920-30's.
Views of aftermath of fire which destroyed the Lake Mineola Pavilion in 1955:
Map of Lake Mineola community dated May, 1922.
Fran Widdicombe Mabus who provided all the photos and maps on this page, sent me a map of Lake Mineola the way she remembered it before the fire of 1955. Fran wanted me to clean it up, but I thought it was perfect as is: MAP
Mentions of Lake Mineola: 1914
Though the peaceful placid lake brings mostly pleasant thoughts, there did once occur a tragic drowning. Click here for the story: DROWNING