Remnants of where the train traveled through Minisink Hills, PA

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These photos are of the remnants of where a train came through Minisink Hills. This line was called the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad. The large pillars (I was told) are part of a structure where the trains picked up coal. These pillars are just off of Binnekill Lane. The train tracks originally ran from New Jersey, over the Delaware River into Pennsylvania and connected to another set of tracks that are still used today. The massive abutments that once held the train tracks up rise very high out of the Delaware River in a ghostly fashion. I was able to walk along where the tracks would have been. I even found some coal. Coal doesn’t naturally grow out of the ground around here. I have no idea what the large stone marker / monument with “JC 98” engraved on it means. The RockTenn paper mill (over 100 years old) is right across the Broadhead Creek from where the  tracks ran. I don’t think the tracks were ever used in connection to the mill since they would’ve been too far away.That overpass is Interstate 80. When I turned the bend and saw it, I froze because I thought I saw a person standing in the woods wearing red. My heart started racing and I immediately turned around. I heard that there is a homeless community that lived in the woods near some railroad tracks near where I was approaching. I guess I’ve watched too many episodes of Criminal Minds because I feared that some homeless people would be patroling the area to protect their place and they might do bad things to me or even kill me. I went slowly back to the bend and saw that I thought was a person dressed in red was just a large piece of red cloth or plastic stuck in some small trees. I wanted to go further but I don’t think it would be a good idea to go alone.

More of my adventure are at:
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Zimmerman’s Mill in Minisink Hills, PA

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There used to be a bridge over the river for trucks to use. The bridge was near this old piece of machinery. I have no idea what the machinery was used for. The mill was built in 1849 by Peter Zimmerman. It was also called Pipher’s Mill for a while. It was restored by Kerrs in 1972.
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Schmitt’s Mountain Resort / Pierce’s Landing (1960’s / 2014)

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I found a tiny ad on page 37 of the June 6, 1948 issue of the Brooklyn Eagle. This is the text from the ad:

Schmitt’s Mountain Resort
Minsink Hills, PA (Pocono Mts.)
Mother’s home cooking, fresh vegetables, all new innerspring mattresses, rooms with running hot and cold water, sports, recreation hall, spacious lawns fun and relaxation. Accomodates 50 persons. Write for booklet.
832-836 WKLY, tel. Stroudsburg 2077-73

The newspaper page is in the form of a PDF and the ad is a little blurry. At least I now know that there was a booklet for the resort. I will be going to the Monroe County Historical Association in the coming weeks to do more research on Schmitt’s. It became Pierce’s Landing, an apartment complex in November 1994 and I’ve lived here since then. I heard the place was haunted when I moved in. I’ve lived in 2 apartments here so far and I’ve been in my current apartment since 2007. I’ve always lived alone here. I was touched on the shoulder and woken up by children’s voices in my first apartment. I’ve been touched many times in my current apartment. I’ve woken up to hearing sighs by my bed and one time I woke up because I heard a child’s voice saying “pa?” next to my bed. Eventually,  I will post a detailed documentation of my experiences here.

More at: Creepy Minisink

Schmitt’s Mountain Resort / Pierce’s Landing (1960’s / 2014)

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I found a tiny ad on page 37 of the June 6, 1948 issue of the Brooklyn Eagle. This is the text from the ad:

Schmitt’s Mountain Resort
Minsink Hills, PA (Pocono Mts.)
Mother’s home cooking, fresh vegetables, all new innerspring mattresses, rooms with running hot and cold water, sports, recreation hall, spacious lawns fun and relaxation. Accomodates 50 persons. Write for booklet.
832-836 WKLY, tel. Stroudsburg 2077-73

The newspaper page is in the form of a PDF and the ad is a little blurry. At least I now know that there was a booklet for the resort. I will be going to the Monroe County Historical Association in the coming weeks to do more research on Schmitt’s. It became Pierce’s Landing, an apartment complex in November 1994 and I’ve lived here since then. I heard the place was haunted when I moved in. I’ve lived in 2 apartments here so far and I’ve been in my current apartment since 2007. I’ve always lived alone here. I was touched on the shoulder and woken up by children’s voices in my first apartment. I’ve been touched many times in my current apartment. I’ve woken up to hearing sighs by my bed and one time I woke up because I heard a child’s voice saying “pa?” next to my bed. Eventually,  I will post a detailed documentation of my experiences here.

Eilenberger home on Eilenberger Road in Minisink Hills, PA

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On one of my evening walks I saw the door to this house open so I guessed where the walkway was (it’s all grown over and the driveway is not visible anymore) and walked up to the house. It was obviouse no one had lived there for a while. I could see all kinds of personal things like old photos from the doorway. It was a very sad sight because from what I could see from the front door someone had ransacked the house. I found out the home had belonged to Willard and Dr. Ofelia Eilenberger. Willard died in 2004. Ofelia became very ill in her old age and moved out to live with her daughter in Virginia in the summer of 2007. She died in 2010.
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