the turn of the century approximately 500,000 people were visiting
the Pocono Mountains and the Delaware Water Gap each year. In 1910
Theodore Roosevelt visited the region and stayed at the Water Gap
House. A few years later in 1912 John Philip Sousa peformed in the
Pocono's. It was also a time that many huge resorts began operations
like the Pocono Manor, Skytop and The Inn at Buck Hill. The regions
first golf course was built in 1904. Train service was also peaking
at this time with the arrival of the legendary Phoebe Snow, the
finest passenger train in the world!
County had a number of resorts that hosted D.W.Griffith, film director
of the famous Birth of a Nation in 1915. Accompanying Griffith was
actresses Mary Pickford and Dorothy and Lillian Gish.
historic attraction, Rohmans Inn, in Shohola, hosted Gloria Swanson,
Charles Lindbergh, Jean Harlow, Bette Davis, Babe Ruth and many
other stars of its era. Western Novelist Zane Grey had a home along
the Delaware River in Lackawaxen and lived there from 1905 to 1918.
His home is maintained as the Zane Grey Museum and contains many
1924 the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company purchased 12,000 acres
between Pike and Wayne counties and built Lake Wallenpaupack to
use the waters for hydro-electric power. The lake is 5,700 acres,
13 ½ miles long, has 52 miles of shoreline, has 2 ½
billion gallons of water and serves the region as a premier lake
with thousands of lakefront homes.