The old Schuylkill Canal Towpath is a place that I’ve been to see many times in the past.  Walking where horses and mules once pulled canal boats up and down the old Canal sometimes gives you a different perspective of color at this time of the year.  What is left of the canal is the depression on the right of this Image.  The old Towpath and Canal extend up further about 2.5 miles yet.  More of the Canal is behind me and the camera.  It goes all the way down to Philadelphia.  That’s more than 50 miles away!

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Long, long before there was air-conditioning and refrigeration, this was the only way that milk on the farm could be stored and preserved until the milk wagon could take it away for processing at the dairy.

This old Milk House was once a part of the farm the existed here more than 100 yrs. ago.  The small building has a room on the inside with a 4ft. x 7ft. long x 3ft. deep trough that held cold water that was drawn from the well using the hand pump to the left of the building.


This is the way Milk was stored back then.

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I am sorry that I have not Posted very much again, but I’ve been spending some time getting more Images to post here for something to tell about.  I’m quite picky about what I post on my site, for the reason of not to bore my Followers that I’m thankful to have.

Fall In Pennsylvania has always been my favorite time of the year.  Around late September to early November the trees and bushes take on a whole new look.  Something that has to be appreciated every time Mother Nature puts on Her finial show in color.  Taken at the Lake Ontelaunee Watershed, a place that I go to often, to see what is new there.  The colors have not all reached their peak yet, so it’s got some time yet.  What usually happens is in late October or the beginning of November a cold wet rain and wind comes in and makes all the color disappear, thus announcing the coming of Winter.  Then it’s all gone.  Nothing but bleak trees and landscapes until it snows.  Then Nature puts on her coat of White.


I just love the brilliant colors of orange, red, and yellow’s here.  The weather was very sunny but on the cool side.  Enough for a light jacket.  This is when the air is crisp and clear.


This is not the same tree as above.  This one is more yellow.


Taken over at the Berks County Heritage Center the old Covered Bridge accents the Fall Colors of Nature.


As I travel around my area, I notice that the color of Fall is spotty.  Here there is hardly any color at all except for the normal.  Give it a week or so and this will be a blaze of color.

I have a number of other Images, but these are the best ones.  All these were taken with my Nikon D7000 camera.

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For this Post on History around my area, I thought I’d do something different.  I found a aerial picture of the place that I went to yesterday.  Thought that I’d show you in Red where I went walking around with numbers to show where I took the Images.


Stop No. 1 shows the famous Mt. Penn Fire Tower.  It has been here for as long as I can remember.  The Fire Tower was built in 1939 and stands 120 ft. tall.  It’s 1,239 ft. above sea level.  The Tower has a winding staircase that is inside and is open to the public on certain day’s of the week.  The winding staircase is not a lot of fun to climb.  However, if you do you can get a very good view of the City from on top of the tower.  It was closed when I was here.  The trees are starting to change into their Fall color before Winter.


Here is the Tower looking from a different angle.


Stop #2.  I stood on top of a flat cement structure to take this Image of where the Highland House used to be located.  Only the retaining wall exists anymore.  Nothing here but a empty area.


This is what used to occupy the empty space that I showed above.  The Highland House or Hotel as it was called.  The Highland Hotel was built in 1884 and had 118 rooms for guests to stay in.  It was destroyed by a huge fire in 1930.  It was never rebuilt.  Guests from the Gravity Railroad that ran behind the Hotel stayed here, which I show you next.


Stop #3.  This Image shows what remains of the Gravity Railroad that ran behind the Hotel.  At one time there were tracks here that Trolley cars ran up and down the Mountain.  The old retaining Wall is still here off to the right of this image.  If you really never knew what used to be here, it looks like a long lane.  The Gravity Railroad ceased to exist in 1932.


Stop #4.  Here is the old stairway that led up to the Highland Hotel from the Gravity Railroad.  I’m surprised that the stairway has lasted for so long.  Of course, I climbed these steps just to see what was here.

Well, I hope that you enjoyed my “walk about” that you can see in Red on the Image in the beginning of this Post.  This is pretty much of what I do all the time when I go “out there” with my Nikon.

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