One-tank road trip: Easton, PA Civil War monument
This past Saturday we visited the Crayola Factory in Easton, Pennsylvania, so my two little grandsons could enjoy the interactive exhibits, as well as the fascinating National Canal Museum (which is terrific for children!). This was our first visit to downtown Easton, which boasts a very nice town square with horse-drawn carriage rides, bustling shops, reasonable off-street parking, and an impressive fountain / Civil War monument.
Easton is the county seat of Northampton County in northeastern Pennsylvania. Former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes is a native of the city of some 28,000 people. Several peace treaties were signed in Easton during the French & Indian War.
The 75-foot granite shaft is topped by a statue of a bugler. During the Christmas season, a “Peace Candle” is constructed annually around the shaft as a reminder of one of the central messages of the Advent season.
The county-owned Solders and Sailors Monument in Easton honors the four major branches of the Union Army during the Civil War – the infantry, artillery, cavalry, and Union navy.
Civil War veterans from Northampton County dedicated the memorial on May 10, 1900.
Facing the monument on all four sides are small plaques remembering other key events in Easton’s history, including the aforementioned French & Indian War peace treaties. There is also a small modern memorial to local firefighters and service providers.
This specially designed plaque by Joseph LaDuca and Virginia Abbott was unveiled in the circle in May 2000 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
All above photographs taken by Rebecca E. Mingus on June 19, 2010.
Closeup of “The Bugler,” photo by Dr. Thomas M. Mingus