31 Dec '16, 3pm

Pretty as a Picture: The Delaware Water Gap

Long before satellites captured images of the Delaware Water Gap, artist George Inness captured the sense of the place in his 1861 oil painting by the same title. It would be one of many landscapes of the area he would paint in subsequent decades. In the 1800s, the Delaware River was a busy thruway. By the time Inness painted it, the Gap was already a destination for vacationers, due in part to its proximity to New York City just 80 miles (130 kilometers) away. With the completion of the Kittatinny Hotel in 1832, a resort industry began there. In addition to steamships on the river, new railroads began carrying passengers to the area. By the end of the Civil War, the Kittatinny’s 25-guest capacity would grow to more than 250. At the turn of the 20th century, the Gap would include 16 major hotels. Even as automobiles replaced trains, the spot remained popular. Youth camps s...

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