The Train Station
1 Washington St.
One cannot over-emphasize the importance of railroads to the continued development of Towanda as a commercial center beginning with the first Pennsylvania and New York (PA & NY) train in September 1869. In the 1870's approximately six passenger, four freight and nine coal trains arrived at and departed from Towanda each way daily. Train traffic persisted even on Sundays when their passing interfered with services at nearby churches.
The large red brick structure was built by PA & NY in 1884 as a freight depot. Later it was used as a station by several rail lines including Barclay, Lehigh Valley, State Line & Sullivan and Susquehanna and New York. The north side of the building housed the station agent, train dispatcher and Western Union operator. The freight room was in the rear of the building.
Location. 41° 45.86′ N, 76° 26.528′ W. Marker is in Towanda, Pennsylvania, in Bradford County. Marker is at the intersection of River Street/Merrill Parkway and Washington Street, on the right when traveling south on River Street/Merrill Parkway. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1922 Train Station (within shouting distance of this marker); The Keystone Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); The Creamery (within shouting distance of this marker); Towanda River Bridges (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Hotel (about 300 feet away); Citizens National Bank Building (about 500 feet away); Frost's Furniture Factory (about 700 feet away); Naming of Towanda (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Towanda.
Also see . . . Towanda Borough Historic District. (Submitted on November 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.