Vintage landscape: The Kittatinny

The Kittatinny, Delaware Water Gap, Pa., c. 1905, via Library of Congress/enclos*ure“In the grounds of The Kittatinny, Delaware Water Gap, Pa.,” c. 1905, by Detroit Publishing Co. via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

What a pleasant spot. What do you think they’re talking about?
detail: The Kittatinny, Delaware Water Gap, Pa., c. 1905, via Library of Congress/enclos*ure

The Kittatinny was the first of the resort hotels at Delaware Water Gap in the Poconos Mountains — opening in 1832. In its heyday in the early 20th century, it could accommodate hundreds of guests.

The Kittatinny, Delaware Water Gap, Pa., c. 1905, via Library of Congress/enclos*ure

The hotel burned down in 1931. Some of the foundation is still visible, as well as a stream that used to run through the basement kitchen, according to a National Park Service newsletter.

9 thoughts on “Vintage landscape: The Kittatinny

  1. When my room mate and I used to drive from Rochester NY to visit her parents in NJ we always went through the Delaware Water Gap. Wonderful landscape and such an evocative name. She used to go hawking in the Kittatinny Mts. with a friend who worked with raptors. Have a great photo of her as a young woman on top of the mt. with a hawk on her wrist! Can’t you just imagine if such a hotel still existed. There once was a hotel like that on the Capital Square in Madison. Torn down in early 20th C.

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