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The Mystery on Bushkill Hill - Part I

The William Castle-directed cheesefest  The House on Haunted Hill (1959) stars Vincent Price (who was always better than the material he chose) and the decidedly creepy titular abode, the façade of which was actually the historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ennis House in the Las Feliz section of Los Angeles.

Easton has a similar house on a hill, but to me, it’s more sad than scary, and as it turns out, it has a bit of history itself.

Mt Jefferson, which was originally known as Bushkill Hill is one of , and is located at the top of North 5th Street behind the Easton Library.  The name was changed as a tribute to Thomas Jefferson upon his election as President.

It’s also arguably one of Easton’s prime pieces of real estate.  Although impeded somewhat by trees & foliage, it has views of Route 22, and most of Easton itself.  Sitting in disrepair at the bottom of that piece of property is the subject of our mystery.

To be continued...

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Pamela Porter March 19, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Betsy: Double "yay"! I am so looking forward to putting everything you've sent me into my next blog posting - I've already started working on it!
DOCurmudgeon March 20, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Please do keep it going, Pamela. It hurts me every time I leave the library. So happy to see a tarp and now can we have real hope? I'd love to have a closer look, but the "keep out" signs do keep me out.
Betsy Armstrong March 21, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Oh, boy, here's a long shot.....Does anyone know of an Ed Shaneberger who purchased the property in 1994? He was written up in the E. Express (11/30/94) and in the article he said he had a photo album of my father's that said Henry F. Steckel, Sept. 1, 1924, on the front. I would love to know if he still has that album. According to the article, which my mother had saved, he would be about 50 today and in 1994 he was an "independent audio and video producer." Maybe he's still in Easton and all you sleuths might have some ideas about tracking him down!
Pamela Porter March 26, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Watch this space - updates to "The Mystery On Bushkill Hill" will be published later this week!
Tammy Brunstetter January 29, 2014 at 04:18 PM
Betsy Armstrong the Ed Shaneberger you are talking about belongs to a group on facebook called you know you're from easton, he talked about the property there hope it helps.

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