April 8, 2016

Mauch Chunk Lake

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In May of 2015 the WooFDriver set out on a Mushing tour of the SwitchBack Trail in Pennsylvania with the WooFPAK. A rail trail of the once Switchback Railroad, which was the second railroad in America and the first in Pennsylvania. From 1870 to 1929 the railroad became a popular tourist attraction as it thrilled riders with rides of 50 miles per hour down through the Lehigh Valley. This railway takes credited for inspiring the creation of the roller coaster!

The trail passes by the Mauch Chunk Lake, a man made lake resulting from the damming of the Mauch Chunk Creek over 40 years ago. Now it is a favorite fishing lake but it was made to prevent the constant flooding hazard the creek posed to the town of Jim Thorpe. The dam was built just in time to save the town from the floodwaters of Hurricane Agnes.

http://www.tnonline.com/2012/jun/25/mauch-chunk-lake-turns-40 to learn more about the lake

Please enjoy videos from the WooFDriver’s adventure!

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