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Pisgah Mountain

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Pisgah Mountain or Pisgah Ridge (on older USGS Maps) is a long ridgeline (12.5 miles (20.1 km) Tamaqua to Jim Thorpe river gap to river gap) oriented NNE-to-SSW whose northside valley is followed by U.S. Route 209 from river gap to river. The ridge is a succession of peaks exceeding 1,440 feet (438.9 m) looming 300–540 feet above the towns of Lansford, Coaldale, Summit Hill, and Tamaqua in the Panther Creek valley. The ridge forms the left bank drainage divide on the south and the streams source in the east. The east end of the ridge is named Mount Pisgah and represents a hard rock knob that towers 700–900 feet above Lehigh River towns Jim Thorpe to the east, and Nesquehoning to its north. The municipalities are located relative to one another just around a near ninety-degree bend in the Lehigh a few miles apart by road or river. Geologically, the Pisgah Ridge divide is classed as of semi-major degree, the waters enter the same body, the Delaware, but do so over fifty miles apart as the north draining waters are feed waters of the Panther Creek running east as a Little Schuylkill tributary, whilst the eastern south slope waters drain into the valley formed by the Mauch Chunk Ridge paralleling Pisgah Ridge to the south, via the Mauch Chunk Creek (White Bear Creek).


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