Street Detours Expected on Saturday, March 15
Scranton's "St Patrick's Day Parade" is tentatively scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 15. Large crowds in the city and along the downtown parade route are expected, which will result in street closures, traffic detours and delays. More »
Veteran’s Day Fee Free Weekend at Steamtown NHS
Contact: Mark Brennan, 570-340-5244
SCRANTON, Pa. - Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, Pa., will honor our military veterans and their families by waiving the park's daily Entrance Fee for everyone during Veteran's Day weekend, November 10-12.The fee free Veteran's Day weekend at Steamtown includes complimentary admission to the Park grounds, museum complex and exhibits, and scheduled walking tours, but will not include train rides and/or other amenity fees charged by the Park.Additionally, all active duty military members and their dependents are able to obtain the $80 annual pass, at no charge, during their visit to Steamtown NHS.The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands - more than 2,000 in all!Information about the free military and all National Park passes is available at www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.
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," throughout the day, and an active roundhouse and technology museums that tell a multimedia-rich story of the significance of railroad transportation in the U.S. Visitors may also join a scheduled Locomotive Shop tour.For a small charge - $5 for all ages 6 and older - visitors may also enjoy the "Scranton Limited" short train ride inside the railroad yards.
Located in downtown Scranton, Pa., Steamtown 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?
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.