Fee Free Days, Weekends Announced at Steamtown NHS
SCRANTON, Pa. – During these tough economic times, Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, Pa., will waive Entrance Fees on the following weekends: June 5-6 and August 14- 15, 2010. The National Park Service wants to reinforce that our national parks are places for everyone to have fun, reconnect with nature and history, and build a sense of ownership and stewardship toward parks and the environment. These fee-free weekends will be in addition to fee-free days on National Public Lands Day, September 25, and Veterans Day, November 11. The “Fee Free Days” at Steamtown will provide complimentary admission to the Park grounds, museums and scheduled walking tours, but will not include train rides and/or other amenity fees charged by the Park.
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.