Easton (Pennsylvania)

Easton a town in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States of America.

It is right on the Delaware River, across the bridge from Phillipsburg in the Skylands region of New Jersey.

Understand

Easton Peace Candle at night. The Peace Candle is erected every year around Christmas

In 1736, Thomas Penn (William Penn's son) surveyed the area and Easton was officially born in 1752. Prior to that, Easton had been known as "Lechawitauk", meaning "The Place at the Forks." On July 8, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was read in Easton's Centre Square, one of three public readings of the document. Every year, Easton celebrates this historic event with its Heritage Day celebration, held in July.

Easton became a primary commercial location during the canals and railroads era of the 1800s. The Delaware, Morris and Lehigh canals were vital for transportation of goods. The railroads replaced the canals for transportation and five railroads served Easton. The city had a strong German heritage. During Prohibition, it was known for nightlife and had plenty of liquor and a large number of brothels.

The population in Easton continues to diversify. Between the 1990 and 2000 censuses, the Hispanic and Black populations increased significantly. However, the primiary ethnicity in the city remains White/non-Hispanic.

Geography

Easton is located at the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh rivers; Native Americans originally called Easton "Lechawitauk" which means "The Place at the Forks".

Climate

Easton has a highly variable four-season temperate climate.

Summertime highs average in the low 80's, but with occasional short heat waves with temps over 95F, with considerable humidity and occasionally intense thunderstorms.

Winters are somewhat cold with average highs in the mid to upper 30's, but with occasional short thaws when temperatures can suddenly rise over 65F for a few days. Severe cold snaps are common, with highs dropping into the twenties. Heavy snowfalls rarely occur more than once or twice each winter, but a wintry mix of ice, sleet, and light snow is possible from mid-November through early April. The combination of above freezing daytime temps and below freezing nights makes black ice a constant wintertime driving hazard even when there has not been precipitation recently.

Late spring and early summer (from mid-April to late June), and autumn are the most pleasant times of the year, with very mild temperatures and generally low humidity. Autumn leaf season usually arrives in the last two weeks of October.

Tourist Information

Get in

A pretty building on an Easton street corner

By air

The primary and most convenient point of airline entry to Easton and Lehigh Valley is Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE), which is less than 15 minutes away from most parts of the city. Various airlines operate out of this airport. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is a major international airport that is about 70 miles away. Since it is a hub for several national airlines, it is easy to obtain non-stop flights to Philadelphia International compared to ABE and usually cheaper.

By car

By bus

Get around

By bus

Extensive bus services are provided by Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA).

By cab

Several cab companies also operate throughout Easton and Lehigh Valley. These are:

By limo

By horse & carriage

See

An old-style stone house in Easton

For more things to do in the area, check out the Allentown or Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) pages.

Do

A classic brick house in Easton

Learn

Easton is home to Lafayette College, which was founded in 1826.

Buy

For more shopping in the area, check out the Allentown and Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) pages.

Eat

There are also many chain restaurants around the area.

For more places to eat in the area, check out the Allentown and Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) pages.

Drink

A good example of a traditional American church building in Easton

Sleep

For more places to stay in the area, check out the Allentown and Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) pages.

Go next

Other regions

Routes through Easton

Allentown Bethlehem  W  E  Phillipsburg New York City
Stroudsburg Delaware Water Gap  N  S  Doylestown Philadelphia


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