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Scranton in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

1865 Inspection Pit

 
 
1865 Inspection Pit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
1. 1865 Inspection Pit Marker
Inscription. Steamtown's historic roundhouse complex consists of the above - and below - ground remains of a series of roundhouses and turntables built by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad between 1865 and 1937.

In advance of the new exhibit buildings' construction, archeologists excavated and studied the buried foundation of the first roundhouse built in this vicinity. The circular exterior wall of the 1865 roundhouse, located approximately 145 feet from the center of the existing turntable, and the remnants of several brick inspection pits were unearthed.

Compare the exposed 1865 inspection pit, in front of you, with the 1902/1937 pit, behind you, to appreciate the strides that were made in worker safety and comfort in the years between their construction.
 
Erected by Steamtown Nataionl Historic Site - National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 24.43′ N, 75° 40.3′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker can be reached from Mechanic Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in the Roundhouse in Steamtown National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Scranton PA 18503, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
1865 Inspection Pit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
2. 1865 Inspection Pit Marker
. Pennsylvania Boxcars (within shouting distance of this marker); 1902/1937 Roundhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); 1902/1937 Inspection Pit (within shouting distance of this marker); CNJ #5 Steam Derrick (within shouting distance of this marker); Turntable (within shouting distance of this marker); New Haven Trap Rock Company #43 (within shouting distance of this marker); Illinois Central #790 (within shouting distance of this marker); E.J. Lavino & Company #3 (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Scranton.
 
Also see . . .  Steamtown National Historic Site. National Park Service site. (Submitted on June 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
1865 Inspection Pit image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
3. 1865 Inspection Pit
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 573 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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