Steamtown NHS Celebrates National Park Service Birthday with Fee Free Day
Contact: Kip Hagen, 570-340-5182
SCRANTON, Pa. – The National Park Service was created by an Act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916. As we gear-up for the centennial celebration in 2016, Steamtown National Historic Site will join with the more than 400 National Park Service units to celebrate the 97th birthday of "America's Best Idea" with an Entrance "Fee Free Day" on Sunday, August 25!
The national park system currently comprises 401 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state (except Delaware), the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites such as Steamtown NHS, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House. 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. The historic industrial railroad yard site features a visitor orientation center with exhibits showing how the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad's Scranton Yards evolved from 1850 to present, a 250-seat digital surround-sound theater showing the park movie, "Steel and Steam," an active roundhouse, and history and technology museums that tell a multimedia-rich story of the significance of railroad transportation in the United States. Visitors may join a scheduled Locomotive Shop tour and, for a small charge – $5 for all ages 6 and older – visitors can ride the "Scranton Limited" short train ride inside the railroad yards.
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). General park information is available by phoning (570) 340-5200 during regular business hours, or by visiting the Park website anytime at www.nps.gov/stea.
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Did You Know?
The first flight of the Wright Flyer was 120 feet. That is 12 feet less than the length of one of the steam locomotives at Steamtown National Historic Site. The Union Pacific 'Big Boy', built in 1941, is 132 feet, 9 3/4 inches long! More...