One hundred years ago, one of these
four views may have been how you
entered Schuylkill Haven.  Clockwise
from the upper left image is: the
trolley entering town from Pottsville
to the north , Center Avenue how it
would have appeared entering the
town in a horse and wagon, the
Pennsylvania Railroad station on
Haven Street and the Reading Railroad
station on Main Street.
Welcome to the Schuylkill Haven History Web Page.  This web page was created on January 1,
2007 due to my life long interest in the history of our town.  It is being presented with as much
accuracy as possible from the sources where the information is obtained.  The site is a work in
progress with changes and additions occurring regularly. Enjoy your visit and feel free to send
your comments and suggestions.  If you have pictures or information you would like to share,
contact me at:             richardjnagle@schuylkillhavenhistory.com
Richard J. Nagle - Site Creator and Administrator
The website consists of twenty different pages at the present time, each offering information within a
distinct topic.  Each page is in a different stage of progress and will be updated with new information and
images at varying paces.  Navigation on the site is done simply by clicking on any blue bar.
Schuylkill Haven History
Welcome to a view into the past....
Note: Click on each picture
here and on many throughout
the site and you will have a
larger view. Clicking on it
again to zoom in, may increase
clarity and expose greater
detail in the picture.
All rights reserved.
This website is dedicated to my wonderful wife,
Lynn M. Nagle, who will be forever missed.




March 27,1959 - September 17, 2006
Thank you for your continued interest. On April 13, the
site logged it's 208,000th page view.
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LAST UPDATED:  APRIL 18
MANY PAGES JUST UPDATED
BUSINESS PAGE :  NEW ARTICLES FROM 1956 DETAIL THE HISTORY AND CLOSINGS OF GRAYS CLOTHING STORE
AND MICHEL'S, OLD ELECTRIC PLANT MAY BECOME A RECREATION CENTER AND THE MEDICAL ARTS BUILDING
OPENS FOR BUSINESS
CRIME PAGE:  A SERIES OF ARTICLES FROM THE MINERS JOURNAL FROM THE MID 1800s INCLUDING: A POSSIBLE
MURDER, A RIOT IN TOWN, COUNTERFEITING, COAL THEFT AND OTHER INTERESTING STORIES
WORLD WAR TWO PAGE: NEW STORIES INCLUDE: ROBERT MILLER'S PLANE SHOT DOWN OVER GERMANY AND
HE BECOMES A POW, QUENTIN FREY MISSING IN ITALY, CLYDE DEWALD SAFE AND SOUND, THREE HAVEN
PARATROOPERS WOUNDED IN ITALY AND THE TOWN EXCEEDS ITS WAR LOAN DRIVE QUOTA
TUMBLING RUN PAGE:   A SERIES OF NEW ARTICLES INCLUDING THE REBUILDING OF THE DAM AFTER THE
GREAT FRESHET OF 1850, A SAD DROWNING IN 1862, BIG CITY MONEY TRIES TO LEASE THE DAMS AND CHIEF DAVIES
SOLVES A FOUR YEAR RUN OF BOAT HOUSE ROBBERIES
FIRES PAGE:  ARTICLES JUST ADDED FROM THE LATE 1960s INCLUDING A FIRE AT ALONG ROUTE 61, ONE IN
WILLOW LAKE AND ONE IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA
SCHUYLKILL CANAL PAGE: NEW STORIES FROM THE MINERS JOURNAL OF THE MID 1800s INCLUDING:
DISTURBANCES BETWEEN BOATMEN AND SHIPPERS ON FREIGHT RATES AND THE GOVERNOR HONORS A
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN BOATMEN IN RESPONSE TO HIS NAMING A BOAT IN HONOR OF HIM
YEARS GONE BY:  UPDATED FOR MARCH 1914 WITH  A COLLECTION OF INTERESTING ARTICLES FROM THE CALL
INCLUDING THE GREAT BLIZZARD OF '14, BOY SCOUT NEWS, A DEATH IN HOTEL GRAND LOBBY AND SCHOOL NEWS
SCHOOL DAYS PAGE:  A VARIETY OF PICTURES FROM THE 1942 AND 1943 YEARBOOKS JUST ADDED WITH
IDENTIFICATIONS OF THOSE IN ALL PHOTOS
CIVIL WAR PAGE: MINUTES OF G. A. R. POST MEETINGS FROM 1916 THROUGH 1920 JUST ADDED DETAILING THE
DETERIORATING MEMBERSHIP OF THE POST AS IT PASSES INTO ITS LAST DAYS
PHOTO ALBUM: NEW PHOTOS OF THE INTERIOR OF PALSGROVE'S CIGAR STORE ON MAIN STREET AND A SERIES
OF PHOTOS SHOWING REMOVAL OF HOMES ON COLUMBIA STREET CIRCA 1961
RAILROAD PAGE: MAPS OF THE READING RAILROAD TRACKAGE IN TOWN INCLUDING THE YARD AND A
BLUEPRINT OF THE READING FREIGHT STATION HAVE JUST BEEN ADDED. AN ARTICLE FROM READING RAILROAD
MAGAZINE FROM FEBRUARY OF 1950 SHOWS THE INSTALLATION OF SAFETY GATES IN TOWN
NOTABLE NEWS: NEW ARTICLES FROM THE 1960s JUST ADDED INCLUDING: A SLEDDING ACCIDENT, A NEAR
DROWNING AT WILLOW LAKE, A NEAR DISASTER ON THE SCHUYLKILL MOUNTAIN AND CARS CRASH INTO PENSYL'S
FLOWERS AND A HOUSE ON CENTER AVENUE
HISTORY PAGE: NEW ARTICLES ON SCHUYLKILL HAVEN BOYS IN WORLD WAR ONE JUST ADDED INCLUDING A
GRAND SENDOFF FOR NEW DRAFTEES AND A SERIES OF EIGHT LETTERS SENT HOME FROM DOUGHBOYS IN FRANCE
UNION CEMETERY PAGE: STORY OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE CEMETERY IN
1854 JUST ADDED WITH MANY INTERESTING DETAILS.  NEW HEADSTONES TO BE ADDED IN SPRING.
LANDMARKS PAGE: FORMER LOCATIONS OF SEVERAL OLD BUSINESSES IN TOWN AND THE REMAINS OF THE
LEHIGH VALLEY RAILROAD JUST ADDED
NOW OVER 1100 PHOTOS THROUGHOUT THE SITE !!
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