Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Roller Skating at Bushkill Park - 1912

The fashions may be from a bygone era
but the fun is still the same!

For those who may have missed it, 
Bushkill Park Skating Rink is OPEN again! 

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. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Michael Malarkey's Valley Hotel


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.


Mr. 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.

The 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.
Michael and his wife, Margaret (Herron) Malarkey ran the hotel until about 1914. The Malarkeys had three daughters: Helen, Mary (Mame) and Genevieve.

Mrs. 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.