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

Discovery of the Pothole

Discovery & Preservation

 
 
Discovery of the Pothole Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 2, 2018
1. Discovery of the Pothole Marker
Inscription.  

"The miner fired a blast, and when the outpouring of stones and water from the hole came rushing through, the miners...called out a cry of alarm and ran from the mine..."
Edward S. Jones, Mine Manager

They thought the earth had collapsed. Miners working a seam of coal 45 feet underground had unknowingly uncorked the 800 to 1,000 tons of smooth, round and oval stones that filled this pothole.

Since that day of discovery in 1884, the "Archbald Pothole" has received considerable attention. Landowner Colonel C.B. Hackley spent $500 to build a wall and fence around the pothole; geologists competed to explain how it had formed.

Over the years, the Lackawanna Historical Society, Lackawanna County and, since 1961, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have helped with preservation.

[Photo captions, from top to bottom, read]
1887 Dedication Ceremony
In 1887, the Lackawanna Historical Society invited local citizens and geologic scholars to visit and learn about the now emptied and enclosed pothole.

• Protection from senseless vandalism has been difficult, despite the pothole's geological

Discovery of the Pothole Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 2, 2018
2. Discovery of the Pothole Marker
At kiosk adjacent to the pothole observation area
significance.
 
Erected by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
 
Location. 41° 30.712′ N, 75° 34.441′ W. Marker is in Archbald, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker kiosk is near the pothole in Archbald Pothole State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 861 Scranton Carbondale Highway, Archbald PA 18403, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Geology of the Pothole (here, next to this marker); Lackawanna Heritage Valley (here, next to this marker); SPC. Nicholas Staback (approx. one mile away); Harry Sugerman (approx. one mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dominick Paparelli (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Borough of Jermyn (approx. 1.7 miles away); World War I Veterans Park (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Archbald.
 
Also see . . .  History of Archbald State Park. (Submitted on April 3, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Pothole and Observation Platform image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 2, 2018
3. Pothole and Observation Platform
Archbald Pothole image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 2, 2018
4. Archbald Pothole
Archbald Pothole State Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 2, 2018
5. Archbald Pothole State Park Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 3, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 3, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 3, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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