This in of itself is fitting reason for Steamtown to be situated here.
The foundries ran 24 hours a day and kept the nighttime skies lit bright as day as they poured out their molten product for the train industry.
As with all things environmental, the area ran out of iron ore and hence the foundries were dismantled and reconstructed in the Buffalo area where the raw materials to make iron and steel were easily available via the Great Lakes. This signaled the eventual end of the growth of Scranton. Scranton then had to rely only on the coal industry which lasted mostly through the end of World War One, when other cheaper, cleaner and easier to transport forms of energy began to come to the fore, namely gas, oil, and electric.
However, in those early important decades of Scranton's history, Scranton was the nation's second largest iron and steel producing city. Huge locomotives to pull the trains were built here as well. In this era of rapid growth Scranton also had the first regularly scheduled trolly service in America, and were one of the first cities to be electrified, Scranton's being called "The Electric City"
Current interior photo of Lackawanna Station Hotel
Go to Scranton's Houdini Museum
Go to Scranton - Historic Jewel of the Poconos region.
Go to Pocono - Scranton Fun Guide.
Go to Early theater history in Scranton.
Go to Tour 1 of Scranton. A tour of Scranton's skyline and historic buildings.
Go to Tour 2 of Scranton. A tour of Scranton's government buildings.
Go to Tour 3 of Scranton. A tour of Luna Amusement Park .
Go to Tour 4 of Scranton. A tour of the old coal mining area.
Go to Pocono Directory
Go to Discount Coupons for Pocono area.
Go to List of over 200 Poconos / Scranton Area Hotels, Attractions, Stores and Restaurants listed by area and town.
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Last updated: MARCH, 2003