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West Catasauqua, Pennsylvania
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lehigh
Township Whitehall
Elevation 384 ft (117 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 18052
Area code(s) 610 and 484
GNIS feature ID 1190942

West Catasauqua is a unincorporated village (i.e. a neighborhood) within Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, once a port and station along the busy Lehigh Canal and is colloquially known as "West Catty" by local residents. It uses the Whitehall zip code of 18052, and is directly across the Lehigh River from the mouth of Catasauqua Creek, the site of the first successful anthracite iron producing North American blast furnaces in 1839.


West Catasauqua is located at 40°38′52″N 75°28′53″W / 40.64778°N 75.48139°W / 40.64778; -75.48139 (40.647895, -75.481828). The villages of Hokendauqua and Fullerton are directly to the north and south of the village, respectively. The borough of Catasauqua is to the east across the Lehigh River; two bridges connect West Catasauqua to Catasauqua. The bridges are known as Pine street and Race street. The majority of the residential area is within a triangle shape area in the south-eastern portion of the village in between the roads that the bridges are on.

An abandoned segment of the Lehigh Valley Railroad lies within the village along the Lehigh River, including an abandoned switch yard where the village meets Hokendauqua just north of the Pine Street bridge. The village also served as the eastern terminus of the Catasauqua and Fogelsville Railroad.

The West Catasauqua Playground is located in the geographical heart of the village along Pine Street. The West Catasauqua Fire Company as well as a Cetronia Ambulance Corps station are located within the village limits. The village is home also to two gasoline and oil "tank farm".

Public education

The community is served by the Whitehall-Coplay School District.

Until 1972, when the centralized Steckel Elementary School was opened on Whitehall-Coplay School District's campus, the village was serviced by the Pleasant Hill Elementary School (K-4) located on First Avenue. The school building was later converted into office space and at one time, was used as the US Headquarters of Tarkett; after Tarkett relocated to another building within the township, the building has been used for general office space including a satellite office for Pennsylvania State Senator Lisa Boscola (D), 18th State Senatorial District.

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