August 2, 2010
SCRANTON, Pa. – Visitors, fans and supporters of Steamtown National Historic Site can help the Park win a $100,000 grant by voting online for "America’s Favorite Park." Vote at www.livepositively.com before August 31. There is no limit on the number of times you can vote. The contest is part of a partnership between the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s National Parks and Coca-Cola. In addition to the grant, Coke is matching donations made to the National Park Foundation at www.livepositively.com, up to $25,000.
“Every day someone tells me that Steamtown NHS is their favorite Park,” said Kip Hagen the Park’s Superintendent. “This is a great opportunity for our visitors, the local community and our partners who love this place as much as we do to vote their feelings. With their help, we will have $100,000 to invest in making sure that every visitor has a great experience.”
Steamtown National Historic Site is one of 392 National Parks across the country. Learn more about your favorite Park – or explore a new one – on the National Park Service’s website (www.nps.gov). Steamtown National Historic Site, located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, enjoys a unique distinction among National Parks. Here, in this once significant center for railroading and iron production, historic steam railroad operations and modern technology interact to blend new and old as they exist side-by-side in a city which once served as the headquarters for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. Situated in the heart of the Lackawanna Valley, a region once considered the Anthracite ("Hard") Coal capital of the world; Scranton was also a leading manufacturer of precious silks and remains a hub for cultural activities.
Steamtown National Historic Site exists as a representative example of the industrial age of travel. It showcases live, coal-fired steam locomotives, restored cabooses, freight cars and railroad coaches, and offers a nostalgic journey to a period in American history when industry was on the move. The sights, sounds, smells and even tastes of that era are brought to life in the presence of some of the most powerful machines ever built. The 52-acre site boasts active Locomotive and Restoration Shops and a Core Complex area includes a Visitor Center, History and Technology Museums, a 250-seat Theater and a fully operating Roundhouse and Turntable. Throughout the year, visitors to Steamtown are welcome to enjoy the film Steel and Steam, take in the sites and observe, first hand, the masterful restoration of classic rolling stock, representative of America’s industrial past.
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