• An engineer inspects the running gear of a steam locomotive at Steamtown NHS

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

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Panorama of downtown Scranton, nestled in the Lackawanna Valley, c.1909

Panorama of downtown Scranton, PA c. 1909

Photograph courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [pan 6a14372]

Scranton: Where the Great Roads Meet

"The essay title was once a slogan of Scranton's Chamber of Commerce and the great roads were the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western, the Delaware and Hudson, and the Erie railroads, as well as several others. But Scranton did not begin where commerce carrying roads met. It had an odd start in a deep valley without benefit of populace or industry." - excerpt from "Scranton: Where the Great Roads Meet," written by former Steamtown NHS Curator, Ella S. Rayburn

This brief essay was written for a national register of historic places travel itinerary in conjunction with a partnership project produced by the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places, the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Steamtown National Historic Site, the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO), and the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC).

Did You Know?

Three steam locomotives are visible in the doors of a roundhouse.

Roundhouses were essential to steam railroading. Most steam locomotives required servicing about 150 to 200 miles when they were new. Find out more about what goes on in the Roundhouse at Steamtown National Historic Site. More...