Coal Iron Steel and Canals
The Coal Iron Steel and Canals of the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys The Delaware & Lehigh five county region of Northeastern Pennsylvania developed in the late 18th Century as a result of the anthracite mines, the iron and steel industries, and the canals built to reach Philadelphia.
Land People and History the Lenape of the Delaware Valley hunted deer, grew grains and vegetables, and caught seafood along the coast. The Lehigh Valley was of great importance because it was one of their main east-west pathways, intersecting with major north-south aboriginal trails in the Delaware Valley. Despite its prominence as a crossroads, the Great Valley was the site of few permanent villages, although they often camped at the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware rivers in what is now Easton.