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Ricketts in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Town of Ricketts 1890-1913

23 Years and Over 800 Residents

 
 
The Town of Ricketts 1890-1913 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 31, 2022
1. The Town of Ricketts 1890-1913 Marker
Inscription.  

The town of Ricketts was a major lumber town named after civil war veteran and Gettysburg hero Colonel Robert Bruce Ricketts of Wilkes-Barre. After the war, Ricketts purchased 65,000 acres of virgin forest land in Sullivan, Wyoming and Luzerne counties. He leased large tracts to the lumber firm of Trexler and Turrell in 1890.

The town boomed after the Bowman's Creek Branch of the Lehigh Valley Railroad was completed through the region in 1893, with lines connecting Ricketts to the town of Lopez and the Ricketts summer estate at Ganoga Lake.

Downtown Ricketts, in Forkston Township, Wyoming County, was a commercial and residential center with softwood mills that produced barrels for shipping various grades of products and a mill that produced excelsior (shredded wood) packing material. A company store, railroad station, town hall, and hotel were located here, as well as a Lutheran church, Wyoming County schoolhouse and several homes.

Uptown Ricketts, in Colley Township, Sullivan County, was a more industrial lumbering area with a large hardwood mill that produced 75,000 to 125,000 board-feet
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of lumber daily. In addition to the mill and related structures, the Sullivan County schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, and additional homes were located in uptown Ricketts.

Trexler and Turrell built miles of temporary railroad lines into the surrounding forests, utilizing six Heisler, Climax and Shay locomotives to remove timber. By 1910 the town of Ricketts had a population of over 800 men and women, with additional logging crewmen living in bunk-houses along the railroad lines.

Mill operations ceased in the summer of 1913 and the town was abandoned. The area is now part of Pennsylvania State Game Lands No. 57 and No. 13. Other Ricketts land holdings became the core for Ricketts Glen State Park.
 
Erected by PA DCNR, Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, PA Game Commission, and Sullivan County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1893.
 
Location. 41° 23.405′ N, 76° 16.707′ W. Marker is in Ricketts, Pennsylvania, in Sullivan County. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Route 487 and Mehoopany Creek, on the left when traveling north on State Route 487. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sweet Valley PA 18656, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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The Town of Ricketts 1890-1913 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 31, 2022
2. The Town of Ricketts 1890-1913 Marker
Looking NE, with PA Rt 487 at right
At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.4 miles away); Lopez Centennial Park (approx. 5.4 miles away); Ancient Forests: Silent Sentinels of the Past (approx. 6.3 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.7 miles away); The Bell of Our First Church (approx. 8.3 miles away); Colley Union Church (approx. 9.9 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.9 miles away); World War Memorial (approx. 11.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. History buffs visit ‘ghost town’ of Ricketts, where lumbermen used to toil (Times Leader). (Submitted on July 31, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The William R. Ricketts Residence A History and Description. (Submitted on July 31, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Ricketts PA From Belfry of Lutheran Church Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By R. D. Photo, 1908
3. Ricketts PA From Belfry of Lutheran Church Photo on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 31, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 499 times since then and 174 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 31, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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