Entrance Fee at Steamtown NHS Waived on 2013 National Public Lands Day
Contact: Kip Hagen, 570-340-5182
SCRANTON, Pa. –Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton, PA will participate in the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day by offering an Entrance Fee Free Day on Saturday, September 28. The Entrance Fee Free Day at Steamtown will provide complimentary admission to the Park grounds, museums and scheduled walking tours.
National Public Lands Day provides opportunities for the public to learn about, and participate in, volunteer projects at National Parks and other related lands. Many of these agencies have dedicated working staffs, but eagerly accept volunteer help to maintain and care for our treasured lands. Last year, 2,206 individual sites and nearly 175,000 volunteers participated in National Public Lands Day across our country. Additional media resources are available at http://www.publiclandsday.org/highlights/npld-20th-anniversary-celebration.
Steamtown National Historic Site is the only place in the National Park System where the story of steam railroading, and the people who made it possible, is told. On National Public Lands Day, in addition to the indoor and outdoor exhibits available at the site, visitors may join with a scheduled Locomotive Shop tour or, for a small fee, visitors may also ride the "Scranton Limited" train ride inside the rail yards. Cost is just $5.00 for all ages 6 and older.
Located in downtown Scranton, Pa., Steamtown NHS is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. From I-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the brown and white signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues (GPS: N 41.41, W 75.67). Additional general park information is available by phoning (570) 340-5200 during regular business hours, or by visiting the Park website at www.nps.gov/stea anytime.
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Did You Know?
Many railroads, particularly Eastern roads, used anthracite coal for locomotive fuel during the early steam era. During World War I, the US Navy and the Allied Forces used anthracite coal to power the steam boilers of warships such as Admiral Dewey's USS Olympia, which is berthed at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Burning anthracite resulted in low-smoke emissions from steamship boilers and gave the Allies a strategic opportunity to close-in on the enemy in a battle. With anthracite coal diverted to the war effort, locomotive builders adapted to using bituminous coal in their future designs.