In 1852, Henry O. Souder convinced the Philadelphia, Easton, and Water Gap Railroad to lay their rails right through this quiet section of Franconia Township. By 1857, when it was finally opened in this area, it was owned by the North Pennsylvania Railroad, and in 1879 it became the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad.
It was loud. It was dirty. Sparks from the smoke stacks of the steam trains caught our newly constructed wooden buildings on fire. And accidents? Why, one day in June of 1887 William Souder's horses, hauling a wagon load of lumber, collided with William's brother Edmund's coal office, when the danger signal blew. And why did it blow? Because their father, Henry O. Souder, happened to be walking the tracks below the crossing. He barely escaped in time. Henry Hemsing, one-time senior owner of Hemsing and Sons planing mill wasn't so lucky. Some of our older residents, like Henry, became confused and wandered onto the tracks. Little children were hard to watch constantly. Horses got spooked and our new automobiles just sometimes stalled when you least expected it. We had so many accidents and deaths, that by 1893 John P. Benner had been hired as a day watchman at the Broad Street crossing.
The first train station was erected in 1865 on the south east side of the tracks from where the current station is located. It was removed in 1928 when the new building and freight station were opened, which you can see to your right.
The railroad, while creating a town, also cut that town in half. I think it's high time you met some of the Hunsberger's from the other side of the tracks.