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Delaware Water Gap

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Introduction

By Joan Cutten

Golfer SwingingThis gorgeous recreational haven has a rich history dating back to 10,000 B.C. Early inhabitants included the Lenape Indians, the Dutch, colonial Americans, movie stars and eventually the Boy Scouts!

Copper mining was popular in the 17th century. With the coming of railroads and steamboats in the 19th century, the Delaware Water Gap boomed, serving as a backdrop for the silent movie era, as well as a resort playground for the rich and famous.

In the 1950’s the DWG was a popular hangout for Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason and the like. Between the 1920 and 1970’s, over 4000 acres were set aside to accommodate numerous Boy Scout camps. However, in 1972, a failed dam project reallocated the land and forced the scouts out.

Despite numerous fires and floods over the years, the area has regenerated its beauty for generations to explore and enjoy. Today, a visitor to DWG can hike the Appalachian Trail, enjoy river views and all kinds of river sports, go horseback riding, rock climbing, antiquing and take historic tours.


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