The Borough of Lehighton is situated upon the western bank of the Lehigh River, in southern Carbon County, Pennsylvania. Originally settled by the German Moravian Brothers as Gnaden Huetten (Cabins of Grace), the Lehigh River provided easy transportation for the early settlers and, indeed, throughout much of the early life of the current Borough. The Lehigh River, with its source of water power, encouraged the development of many early industries, including: Silk and lace mills, a Meat-packing house, a Shirt factory, Automatic-press works, Railroad car shops, Stoneworks, and Foundries.
Throughout much of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the railroad made it easy for businessmen to get their products to major markets. For many years, the Lehigh Valley Railroad had a major repair facility in Lehighton. The Lehigh Valley Railroad was the major employer in the area for several decades, employing several thousand workers at the repair facilities or operating and maintaining the railroad.
As is true of many of our nation's smaller towns, the coming of the "Mall" deflated the local economy, and resulted in many smaller stores closing. The attraction of suburban living also encouraged many former Borough residents to re-locate.
Today, the Borough of Lehighton stands at an exciting cross-road in its future. A group of local business men and women, along with a some interested residents have gotten together to try and revitalize the borough’s downtown business district. The group is working on different projects to get the community involved in their town by hosting various community events.They are also holding other events to raise funds for the redevelopment and rebirth of the town. Please, become involved and become active! You may visit the Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee at www.downtownlehighton.com.
Welcome to the Borough!! We welcome you as visitors, as business owners, and as residents. Please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information concerning our fair Borough.