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

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Steamtown NHS to Participate in National Public Lands Day

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Date: September 12, 2007

SCRANTON, PA –  Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA will participate in the 13th Annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 29, 2007 by offering a “Fee Free Day.” The “Fee Free Day” at Steamtown will provide complimentary admission to the Park grounds, museums and scheduled walking tours.

 

National Public Lands Day is an event that provides opportunities for the public to learn about, and participate in, volunteer projects at National Parks and other related lands. These agencies have dedicated working staffs, but eagerly accept volunteer help to maintain and care for our treasured lands.  In 2006, 1,100 individual sites and nearly 100,000 volunteers participated in the National Public Lands Day.

 

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. During “Fee Free Day 2007,” in addition to the indoor and outdoor exhibits available at the site, visitors may join with a scheduled Locomotive Shop tour, or take a short ride on a wooden hand car. For a small fee, $3.00 for all ages 6 and older, visitors may also ride the “Scranton Limited” train ride inside the railroad yards.

 

Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 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. Details regarding interpretive and educational programs and activities may be obtained by phoning (570) 340-5200 during business hours, or by visiting the Park website at www.nps.gov/stea anytime!  Additional media resources – including downloadable print and radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs) - for National Public Lands Day is available at http://www.publiclandsday.org/media/index.htm.

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Did You Know?

USS Olympia

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.