The Electric City
Lackawanna River Heritage Trail
From Scranton's earliest days, people were drawn to the valley's waters and the riches of the landscape.
First, a gristmill on Roaring Brook in the late 1700s and later iron ore fueled the city's settlement. When the Scranton brothers arrived in 1840, they built the iron furnaces that would grow into the Lackawanna Iron and Steel Company. By the middle of the century, steel manufacturing drove the city's economy, and the nation steamed westward on the steel rails that were rolled in Scranton.
Coal and railroading ushered in entrepreneurial prosperity, and other industries followed to the burgeoning industrial center. Scranton earned the title of "Anthracite Capital of the World," and the wealth that was generated is unmistakable in the Victorian architecture that lines city streets. The O&W, DL&W, D&H, CNJ, and Erie Railroads crossed in Scranton, carrying coal out of the valley and bringing in thousands of people seeking new lives. America's electric trolley system and the International Correspondence Schools ("distance learning" by mail) both were born in this center of manufacturing, food processing, and education.
Industry and population peaked in the first quarter of the 20th century and, following World War II, both coal mining and railroading were in a decline that marked much of Scranton's last 50 years of the 20th century. In the 1990s, the city experienced a resurgence based largely on revitalization and appreciation of its heritage. The hit television show titled "The Office" also brought attention to the city in recent years. Today, Scranton thrives with a diverse economy, engaged community, rich cultural attractions, and numerous medical and educational institutions.
Health & Wellness
The Downtown Scranton Riverwalk is the gateway to the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail system, a 70+ mile multi-use trail along the river from the New York State border to the Lackawanna River's confluence with the Susquehanna River in Pittston.
The Riverwalk is approximately .75 miles long, and it runs from Olive Street to North Seventh Avenue in Scranton where it connects to the Central New Jersey (CNJ) Extension of the Trail, which runs from South Scranton to Taylor. The Riverwalk features
The trail is a free amenity that is accessible to everyone in the community, and it is used by thousands of people annually for recreation, and health and wellness activities. The Riverwalk is a popular venue for numerous charitable runs and races each year, including the Scranton Half Marathon, the Tour de Scranton, and the Steamtown Marathon.
Its close proximity to educational institutions and the business community makes the Riverwalk an ideal training site for student athletes as well as for runners, walkers and cyclists.
Erected by Lackawanna Heritage Valley State and National Heritage Area.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
Location. 41° 24.953′ N, 75° 39.871′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker is on Olive Street, 0.1 miles east of Providence Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is just southwest of the Scranton Half Marathon Pavilion, at the Olive Street Trailhead. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scranton PA 18508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); 2 LT Carol Ann Drazba, RN
Also see . . .
1. Lackawanna Heritage Valley: Our Trails & Greenways. (Submitted on April 29, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Lackawanna Historical Society. (Submitted on April 29, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. History of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Region. (Submitted on April 29, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Steamtown National Historic Site. (Submitted on April 29, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. City of Scranton PA. (Submitted on April 29, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 84 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 29, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.