Scranton in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The First Commercially Successful Electric Streetcar
On Tuesday afternoon, November 30, 1886, a new technology had its beginning on Franklin Avenue, just a short distance off Lackawanna Avenue. The sidewalks were lined with on-lookers waiting to see if the start-up of the first electric streetcar would be a success or a failure.
Sitting in the middle of the street was Scranton Suburban Railway streetcar No. 4. The car was filled with city dignitaries and persons from local newspapers. With Motorman John Williams at the controller and the Conductor John Cawley, the streetcar departed for the historic two and a half mile trip to the Green Ridge section of Scranton.
Not only was this the first commercially successful electric streetcar operation in Scranton, it was the first in the United States. The success of the Scranton Suburban Railway earned Scranton the nickname, "The Electric City". The Green Ridge Streetcar Line, as it was later called, was in continuous operation for 68 years until it was converted to motor bus operation on Friday, December 18, 1954.
The significance of that 1886 event again comes to this historic corner. The construction of the Scranton
This historic marker provided by the Electric City Trolley Museum Association in cooperation with the City of Scranton Chamber of Commerce.
Dedicated November 30, 2011.
[Map of] Scranton Suburban Railway Original Line
November 29 and 30, 1886
Erected 2011 by Electric City Trolley Museum Association and the City of Scranton Chamber of Commerce.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is November 30, 1886.
Location. 41° 24.552′ N, 75° 40.117′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker is at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Lackawanna Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Franklin Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton PA 18503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Steamtown National Historic Site (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Canadian National Railways #47 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bullard Company #2 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Long Island Railroad #193 Rotary Snow Plow (approx. 0.2 miles away); DL&W Coal Hoppers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Claremont & Concord Snow Plow #60 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Norwood & St. Lawrence #210 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Pacific #4012 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scranton.
Also see . . .
1. Electric City Trolley Museum Association. (Submitted on May 9, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Electric Trolleys in Scranton. (Submitted on May 9, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 9, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.