One of many small Delaware River Communities, the town of Upper Black Eddy is located in the nothernmost parts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of Bridgeton Township. Upper Black Eddy gets its name from the Black family, and was once knows as Upper Blacks Eddy. The area now known as Point Pleasant was once called Lower Blacks Eddy. It is a mostly rural, residential area, with a few businesses scattered among homes.
The Pennsylvania Canal comes down from Easton, passes through Upper Black Eddy and continues on its way south to New Hope and beyond. Much of the town was initially founded around canal-related businesses, including a shipyard, mule stables, and general store. The town was a thriving locale along the Easton-Bristol route, and was a popular stopover point for sailors and administrators. As the town grew, the Upper Black Eddy Hotel was erected, and was supposedly a favored vaction spot for President Grover Cleveland. The hotel was destroyed in a fire nearly a century ago, and the shipyard was dismantled following the closing of the canal. The portion of the canal that passes through Upper Black Eddy was known as "Candy Bend".
A notable feature of Upper Black Eddy is the Ringing Rocks park. This is a 4 acre (16,000 mē) field of large boulders, some of which "ring" much like a bell when struck with a hammer, thanks to a rare geological formation.
There is a portion of Pennsylvania State Game Lands in Upper Black Eddy.
Upper Black Eddy is also a Superfund environmental cleanup site. "Boarhead Farms" a 113-acre front for an illegal toxic waste dumping ground, was located on the outskirts of Upper Black Eddy. The site was shut down decades ago, following an edict from the federal government, and 2,500 drums of hazardous material were removed in 1992. Since this time, the site has been undergoing extensive cleanup, seeing many of the primary contaminants expunged. However, residual contamination to wells of private homes abutting the site is likely to persist for sometime. Thankfully, much of the damage occurred about two miles from the main population center, with only 11 private dwellings being contaminated. Six have been fully cleaned.
Web Sites and Links
AirNav: Erkes AirportComplete aeronautical information about Erkes Airport (Upper Black Eddy, PA, USA), including location, runways, taxiways, navaids, radio frequencies, FBO information, fuel prices, hotel and motel listings, hotels, weather, sunrise and sunset times, aerial photo, airport diagram.
Bridgeton Township Sportsmen's AssociationA hunting and fishing club in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Site contains event information, directions and general information about the organization.
River Valley SchoolA developing Waldorf school serving the Delaware Valley.