The skating rink will be open from 8 to 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and from noon until 2 pm on Sundays. Admission is $5 and rentals for skates are $2. Bushkill Park is located at 2100 Bushkill Park Drive in Forks Township, Easton, PA.
When you are on the bridge on South Third Street in Easton, heading towards the South Side of Easton, all you can see to your left or right is the Lehigh River. Imagine looking to your left and seeing a hotel wedged in between the railroad tracks and bridges right on the river at the junction of South Third Street and South Delaware Drive.
Michael Malarkey was born in 1849 in Bristol, PA. His parents were William Malarkey and Margaret Downs both Irish immigrants. They later lived in Williams Township.
Malarkey worked for the Lehigh Valley Railroad for about 30 years as both a
freight and a passenger conductor. In 1893, there was a railroad strike and Mr.
Malarkey retired at the age of 44. Shortly thereafter, he opened the Valley
Hotel located, according to a 1910 city directory, at the Lehigh Bridge and
Canal Street, South Side, Easton.
building is described as being four stories high with 27 comfortably furnished
rooms being let at $1.50 per day. Special terms were offered for longer stays
and to those who were commercial travelers or theater people. The hotel catered
to travelers as well as those who worked for the railroad – trainmen, baggage
masters, timekeepers and conductors.
and his wife, Margaret (Herron) Malarkey ran the hotel until about 1914. The
Malarkeys had three daughters: Helen, Mary (Mame) and Genevieve.
Malarkey died Friday, February 13, 1914. Mr. Malarkey gave up the hotel the
following year. By 1920, he was living
at the Caffrey Hotel located on Bethlehem’s South Side at the corner of Third
and New Streets. His widowed daughter, Genevieve Rodgers was the hotel’s
proprietor. Mr. Malarkey died at the home of his daughter Mary at the age of 76
in Easton, PA on Monday, March 29, 1926. Mary lived at 126 East Madison Street
not far from the bluff overlooking the South Third Street Bridge where Mr.
Malarkey’s hotel once stood.
1924, the City of Easton wanted to create a new approach to South Delaware
Drive. The Lehigh Valley Railroad wanted to widen their east and westbound
tracks so that a new passenger station could be built between them. The July 1,
1924 edition of the Easton Express noted that the Lehigh Valley Railroad would
be spending $2,000,000 for the new station at Easton. This meant the Valley
Hotel would have to be condemned. The City would need to petition for a board
of viewers to condemn the hotel. In June 1926, Easton and Northampton County
were again petitioning for the appointment of viewers so the Valley Hotel could
be demolished. As of July 6, 1926, the City Council and the City Solicitor had
authorized advertising for bids to demolish and remove the hotel without a
price being established by viewers. At this time, the City had already given
the Kueblers, the hotel’s present owners, a $20,000 bond and they had been
given notice to vacate the premises. The new Lehigh Valley Railroad terminal
opened up on Saturday, February 19, 1927.
NOTE: Thank you to Ken Klabunde for contributing the five views of the Valley Hotel.