James Zellner glass plate negatives

About this collection

    This collection consists of glass plate negatives showing scenes from Carbon County, Pennsylvania during the second half of the 19th century. The photographs are believed to have been taken by James Zellner (1836-1897), a local photographer, during the 1870s and 1880s. The majority of the images show scenes from Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe) and the surrounding area, the Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway, and the waterfalls at Glen Onoko.
    Mauch Chunk was founded in 1818 to serve as a railroad and coal-shipping center to move coal mined by the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company to markets along the east coast. Much of the coal that reached Mauch Chunk was transported via the Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway, which is also well-represented in this collection. The photographs in this collection document the railway’s use as a tourist attraction and passenger railroad, a secondary use that began in 1861 and became the railway’s primary function after the construction of an 1872 railway tunnel rerouted coal lines. Click here to view a finding aid.
Image: Glen Onoko, Packer's Point, circa 1880. Click here to view this image in the collection.

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Mauch Chunk, from Flagstaff Mountain
View of Mauch Chunk and the Lehigh River from a lookout point on Flagstaff Mountain.
Mauch Chunk, from Flagstaff Mountain
View of Mauch Chunk and the Lehigh River from a lookout point on Flagstaff Mountain.
Mauch Chunk, from Flagstaff Mountain
View of Mauch Chunk and the Lehigh River from a lookout point on Flagstaff Mountain.
Mauch Chunk, Susquehanna Street and railroad
View along Susquehanna Street showing the Mansion House hotel, Mansion House bridge, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the office of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co., Asa Packer mansion, and the Mauch Chunk Cemetery.
Mauch Chunk, looking across river at mansions
View of mansions on Packer Hill, including the Asa Packer mansion and Harry Packer mansion, as well as the Mauch Chunk Cemetery, railroad lines along the Lehigh River, and Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway station.
Mauch Chunk, looking across river at mansions
View of mansions on Packer Hill, including the Asa Packer mansion and Harry Packer mansion, as well as the Mauch Chunk Cemetery, railroad lines along the Lehigh River, and Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway station.
Mauch Chunk, view of the Lehigh Valley Railroad station
View of the Lehigh Valley Railroad station in East Mauch Chunk at the base of Bear Mountain, from across the Lehigh River. The Mansion House hotel, Mansion House bridge, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the office of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co., and the Mauch Chunk Cemetery are also visible, as is the Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway's powerhouse and bridge at the peak of Mount Pisgah.
Mauch Chunk, view of the Lehigh Valley Railroad station
View of the Lehigh Valley Railroad station in East Mauch Chunk at the base of Bear Mountain, from across the Lehigh River. The Mansion House hotel, Mansion House bridge, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the office of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co., and the Mauch Chunk Cemetery are also visible. The Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway's powerhouse and bridge at the peak of Mount Pisgah appear to have been painted out of the image.
Mauch Chunk, view of the Lehigh Valley Railroad station
View of the Lehigh Valley Railroad station in East Mauch Chunk at the base of Bear Mountain, from across the Lehigh River. The Mansion House hotel, Mansion House bridge, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the office of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co., and the Mauch Chunk Cemetery are also visible, as is the Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway's powerhouse and bridge at the peak of Mount Pisgah.
Mauch Chunk, looking east past terraced gardens
View of terraced plantings, possibly on Mount Pisgah, looking east toward St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the Lehigh River, and Bear Mountain.
Mauch Chunk, from along river
View of Mansion House Bridge over the Lehigh River, showing Susquehanna Street, and including the Mansion House hotel, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the Asa Packer mansion and Harry Packer mansion, the Mauch Chunk Cemetery, and Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway station. The office of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co. does not appear to be present.
Mauch Chunk, view from Prospect Rock
View of Susquehanna Street, Mansion House Bridge over Lehigh River, and Bear Mountain. Notable buildings depicted in the image include the Mansion House hotel, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the office of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co., the Asa Packer mansion and Harry Packer mansion, the Mauch Chunk Cemetery, and Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway station.
Mauch Chunk, view from Prospect Rock
View of Susquehanna Street from Prospect Rock. Notable buildings depicted in the image include the Mansion House hotel, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the office of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co., the Asa Packer mansion and Harry Packer mansion, the Mauch Chunk Cemetery, and Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway station.
Mauch Chunk, view from Prospect Rock
View of Susquehanna Street, Mansion House Bridge over Lehigh River, and Bear Mountain. Notable locations depicted in the image include the G.W. Hooven Mercantile Company, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the office of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co., the Central Railroad of New Jersey Station, the Asa Packer mansion and Harry Packer mansion, and Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway station.
Mauch Chunk, view from Prospect Rock
View of Susquehanna Street, Mansion House Bridge over Lehigh River, and Bear Mountain. Notable locations depicted in the image include the G.W. Hooven Mercantile Company, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the office of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co., the Central Railroad of New Jersey Station, the Asa Packer mansion and Harry Packer mansion, and Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway station.
Mauch Chunk, Bear Mountain from Prospect Rock
View of the Mansion House Bridge over the Lehigh River and the Lehigh Valley Railroad station in East Mauch Chunk at the base of Bear Mountain. Similar images seen elsewhere are cited as having been photographed from Prospect Rock.
Mauch Chunk, Bear Mountain from Prospect Rock
View of the Mansion House Bridge over the Lehigh River and the Lehigh Valley Railroad station in East Mauch Chunk at the base of Bear Mountain. Similar images seen elsewhere are cited as having been photographed from Prospect Rock.
Mauch Chunk, Bear Mountain from Prospect Rock
View of the Mansion House Bridge over the Lehigh River and the Lehigh Valley Railroad station in East Mauch Chunk at the base of Bear Mountain. Similar images seen elsewhere are cited as having been photographed from Prospect Rock.
Mauch Chunk, Bear Mountain from Prospect Rock
View of the Lehigh River and the Lehigh Valley Railroad station in East Mauch Chunk at the base of Bear Mountain. Similar images seen elsewhere are cited as having been photographed from Prospect Rock.
Mauch Chunk, from below Lehigh Valley Railroad station
View of the Lehigh River and Lehigh Valley Railroad Station, with Mansion Street Bridge and Mansion House hotel. The Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway's powerhouse and bridge at the peak of Mount Pisgah can also be seen.
Mauch Chunk, Lehigh Valley Railroad station and down river
View of the Lehigh River and Lehigh Valley Railroad Station.
Mauch Chunk, Lehigh Valley Railroad station and down river
View of the Lehigh River and Lehigh Valley Railroad Station.
Mauch Chunk, Lehigh Valley Railroad station and down river
View of the Lehigh River and Lehigh Valley Railroad Station.
Mauch Chunk, view of Mount Pisgah
View over small valley looking out toward Mount Pisgah. The Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway's powerhouse at the peak of Mount Pisgah is visible.
Mauch Chunk, view of Mount Pisgah
View over small valley looking out toward Mount Pisgah. The Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway's powerhouse at the peak of Mount Pisgah is visible.

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