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

Scranton - The Electric City

 
 
Scranton - The Electric City Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 19, 2017
1. Scranton - The Electric City Marker
Inscription.

As early as 1910, there was an electric sign atop this building that could be seen after dark from many vantage points throughout the City of Scranton. In early photos it reads "Watch Scranton Grow". Later the message was changed to "Scranton - The Electric City" to celebrate the city's position as the first in the United States with a commercially viable electric street car line. The sign burned brightly for over six decades until it was extinguished in the early 1970's, a victim of the economic times. On December 9, 2004, the Electric City sign came to life once again, a symbol of a resurgent Scranton.

The restoration of the Electric City sign was made possible by a community-wide fund raising campaign. Through the generosity of these donors, the sign will continue to shine as an icon of our past and a beacon to our future.

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[Marker on building window]

In 1896, a group of developers erected Scranton's first skyscraper just to the north of Courthouse Square. Looking to garner as much prestige as possible for their new property, they offered the Board of Trade space for nominal rent of $36 per month - in exchange for the privilege of calling the structure the Board of Trade

Scranton - The Electric City Marker (window) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 19, 2017
2. Scranton - The Electric City Marker (window)
Building. The huge sign was not added until after 1923, when [the] Electric Company acquired the building. The sign has been changed several times over the years, but it remains the city's most prominent nocturnal landmark.

John Beck (1986)
Never Before in History
The Story of Scranton

 
Location. 41° 24.537′ N, 75° 39.712′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker is on Linden Street east of Washington Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 507 Linden Street, Scranton PA 18503, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Casimir Pulaski (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vietnam War Memorial (about 300 feet away); Pearl Harbor Memorial (about 300 feet away); John Mitchell (about 400 feet away); 1902 Anthracite Coal Strike (about 400 feet away); Medal of Honor (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Medal of Honor (about 500 feet away); Piazza dell' Arte (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scranton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Local Landmarks: History of the Electric Building (The Times-Tribune article, 2010). (Submitted on February 20, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Scranton's iconic Electric City sign to shine again (The Times Tribune article, 2014)

The Electric Building and Scranton - The Electric City Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 19, 2017
3. The Electric Building and Scranton - The Electric City Sign
. (Submitted on February 20, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Scranton The Electric City Sign at YouTube. (Submitted on February 20, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Scranton - The Electric City Sign on top of the Scranton Electric Building image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 19, 2017
4. Scranton - The Electric City Sign on top of the Scranton Electric Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 88 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 20, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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