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Nestled behind the Endless Mountains in Luzerne County, the rolling hills of the Back Mountain are a scenic blend of Pennsylvania’s natural beauty and history. Adjacent to the anthracite coal regions of Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties, the Back Mountain includes Kingston Township, Trucksville, Shavertown, Dallas, Huntsville, Lehman, and Harvey’s Lake. Historically the area offered many forms of recreation and entertainment, which brought tourists from all over the Northeast. Harvey’s Lake is the largest natural lake in Pennsylvania, and it became a major resort destination in the early 20th century. Pennsylvania’s Back Mountain is a compilation of rare photographs documenting this historic community and revealing a bygone era of amusement parks, hotels, railroads, and steamboats.
Author Bio: Harrison Wick is a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and earned master’s degrees in history and library science from Indiana University in Bloomington. He processed the congressional papers of U.S. senator William V. Roth Jr. for the Historical Society of Delaware. For three years, he was the archivist at Misericordia University. He currently serves on the Back Mountain Historical Association steering committee and is the special collections librarian and university archivist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
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