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M60 TANK

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The M60 Main Battle Tank is a static display located in the small Town of Leesport, Pa.

Used during the Korean & Vietnam War’s this tank had a 105mm Main Gun.  It also had a 7.62cal. machine gun that was located on the top.  Also carried a few thousand rounds of machine gun ammunition.

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Photographed in B&W the M60 is slowly loosing the color it once had from sitting in all types of weather.  Would have liked to see the inside of this, but everything is locked up tight so no one enters.  The engine that powered this is still inside.

Thanks for viewing.

Les

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BACK INTO TIME

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Took a drive up to the Historic Old City of Bethlehem, PA to see the buildings that have been here since the 1700’s.

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Just some of the buildings that are on Main Street.  A nice style.

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This used to be a Tannery long ago.

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The Spring House.

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Located along the Main St. of Historic Bethlehem are a few small outside cafe’s where you can order drinks or food.  Thought this one was nice, so I stopped in for some coffee and a bite to eat.  Never been in one of these, so thought I’d give it a try.  Prices were a bit stiff.  Cup of coffee was $3.50!  That surprised me.  Ordered some eggs, bacon, and potatoes.  My total bill for this was $15.38.  The food was very good, despite the price.

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While sitting waiting to pay my bill at the Cafe, I noticed the Police on horseback patroling the City street’s.  However, they were riding on the sidewalk which I found strange.  Never knew this was done, but guess that it is.  The Police were very friendly to talk with so I asked “What is done if the horse poops on the sidewalk?”  He answered “We have to stop and put the poop into a special bag we carry right here.”  Well, that was a new one for me.  I liked the color of the Grey horse.  They are very well taken care of.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

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MORE COAL COUNTRY

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Photographed at the Pioneer Coal Mine, Ashland PA

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Long ago, this is what lifted the tons of Coal from deep inside a Mine.

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This is the Power Machinery that lifted the tons of Coal.

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Roads that lead nowhere, but into the brush.

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Had the chance to Tour this Coal Processing Plant with 10 other people.  It’s very dirty, full of coal dust, and noisy.  Here the coal is processed into different size chunks for customers all over the USA.  Safety is the main concern of the UMW Union.  OSHA has nothing to say about what goes on here.  The United Mine Worker’s do!

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What remains of a old “drag line” from long ago.

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A whole lot of wasted water.

Thank you for stopping by.

Les

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SOME B&W

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Located just down the street from our home is what remains of the Lock’s used during the day’s of the old Union Canal.  Walking around, I happen to see this thing on one of the Lock walls.  I have no idea what this was used for.  Why is it here?  What was the purpose of it?  I also noticed that there were 2 other ones on the opposite side just like this one.  I will try and contact the Berks County Historical Society and see if they know anything.

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These are very old Valves that were used to open & close the water flow.  The handles are long gone.

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Nature is re-claiming the old winch used to pull Canal Boats into the Lock.

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Known as a Bollard, these were used to tie up the Canal Boat while in the Lock.

Thank You

Les

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HISTORIC MINERSVILLE

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Greek Orthodox Church Spire in Minersville, PA.  Sometimes called an “Onion Spire.”

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Built in1920, this is the old Regar Building that was once a Dress Factory back in its day.  Now, vacant & empty, it wastes away into History.

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The old Parish School still in use today.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

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HISTORIC READING

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Since my Hometown of Reading, PA is a very Historic area they should have more of these placed around the City to show what once was there long ago.

There is a McDonalds Fast Food in it’s place off to the left of this Image.

Thanks for reading.

Les

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RETURN TO BETHELHEM STEEL

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I tend to enjoy going back to this very historic area just because so much has happened here from years gone bye.  Bethelhem Steel was once the largest Steel producers on the East Coast.  However, due to corporate greed over time and compitation from foreign steel producers, the place just did not keep up with the changing market.  Years ago, the once mighty steel producer, stopped it’s production never to make steel again.  Today, the place is a Historic reminder of what used to be.  The buildings that are still standing retain the color from the blast furnace’s that once roared here.  Some of the buildings have been torn down, but many still stand.

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Here looking down one of the area’s, are buildings that still remain.  On the right is what used to be Machine Shop #2 where gun barrels for battleships were turned on huge lathe’s that are no longer there.  These lathe’s were so big that the operator could sit on the carriage while turning the barrel.  Would have loved to see that.  On the left is the Blower Room that once supplied air to the Mill.  In the distance is the Crane Repair Building where huge Cranes lifted gun barrels onto waiting flat bed cars.

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A Plaque showing the ships that were made from the Steel Plant.

Thanks for reading.

Les