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

The Electric City

Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

 
 
The Electric City Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 3, 2021
1. The Electric City Marker
Inscription.  

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 crown of "Anthracite Capital of the World," and the wealth 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) were both born in this center of manufacturing, food processing, and
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Scranton exploded as industry took hold. Its population grew 1000 fold between 1850 and 1910, from a borough of less than 1,000 to a city of more than 120,000. New arrivals immigrated from at least fifty countries and, by 1870, nearly half of Scranton's population claimed foreign birth.

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 a [sic] 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.

[Uncaptioned photo shows artwork and runners along the trail]

[Back side of marker is informational and not transcribed]
 
Erected by Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
 
Location. 41° 25.661′ 
The Electric City Marker (back) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 3, 2021
2. The Electric City Marker (back)
N, 75° 39.605′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker is on Albright Avenue, 0.1 miles south of Green Ridge Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scranton PA 18509, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Capoose (approx. 0.4 miles away); Miners and Laborers Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Weston Field and Field House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Reddington Field (approx. 0.4 miles away); World Wars Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Lackawanna River Watershed History (approx. half a mile away); Lithuanian Roadside Cross Memorial (approx. half a mile away); The Tripp House (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scranton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Visit Scranton!. (Submitted on November 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Lackawanna Historical Society. (Submitted on November 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Lackawanna Heritage Valley. (Submitted on November 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
The Electric City Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 3, 2021
3. The Electric City Marker
The Lackawanna River levee is seen in background
The Electric City Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 3, 2021
4. The Electric City Marker
The former Scranton Lace Company complex is seen in background; currently being renovated for residential use.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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