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

Gravity Railroad Monument

 
 
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By Don Morfe, September 28, 2015
1. Gravity Railroad Monument Marker
Inscription. The president, managers, and company of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company completed in 1829, the Gravity Railroad between Carbondale and Honesdale, in Pennsylvania. It was the second railroad constructed in the western hemisphere. The “Stourbridge Lion,” the first stream locomotive used in this continent, was built in England for this line and made its trial trip from Honesdale on August 8, 1829. The first shipment of coal over this railroad left the mines on October 9, 1829, and in 1830 the line was opened for general freight. The first passenger train was operated in 1859. In 1898 operation by gravity and inclined planes was discontinued, and in 1899 the line was changed to standard gauge and operated throughout its entire length by steam locomotives as an integral portion of the lines of the Delaware and Hudson Company. This shaft was erected in 1913 in commemoration of these historic events. John Bolton was President in 1829, R. M. Olyphant in 1898, and L. F. Loree in 1913.
 
Erected 1913.
 
Location. 41° 34.515′ N, 75° 29.884′ W. Marker is in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker is at the intersection of Canaan Street (Business U.S. 6) and Belmont Street on Canaan Street
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By Don Morfe, September 28, 2015
2. Gravity Railroad Monument Marker
. Click for map. The monument is located in Gravity Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 97 Main Street (US 6), Carbondale PA 18407, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gravity Park and the Gravity Railroad Historic Site (here, next to this marker); Gravity Railroad (a few steps from this marker); Gravity Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Church Street: Five of Carbondale’s many historic Churches (approx. 0.3 miles away); General Jerome F. O’Malley (approx. 0.3 miles away); Col. Alvin D. Ungerleider (approx. 0.3 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Memorial Park (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Carbondale.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 16, 2016
3. Gravity Railroad Monument Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 25, 2016.
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