Historical Markers in
Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

150th Anniversary of the Constitution 1865 Inspection Pit 1902 Anthracite Coal Strike 1902 Roundhouse Office 1902 Roundhouse Section 1902/1937 Inspection Pit 1902/1937 Roundhouse 2 LT Carol Ann Drazba, RN 200th Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution 9-11 Memorial 9/11 Memorial A 13,000 lb. Black Diamond A Tribute to Anthracite Coal Miners Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln Anthracite Mine Disaster Avondale Mine Disaster Avondale Mine Disaster Victims Baker Colliery Baker Colliery Mine Tunnels Baptist Church Bell Benjamin Franklin Firefighter Memorial Blakely Borough WWII Honor Roll Blessed Sacrament Parish Brooks Model Coal Mine Bullard Company #2 Canadian National Railways #47 Cancer Survivors Park Capoose Captain Johnston Blakely Carbondale Carbondale Carbondale Carbondale City Hall / Memorial Park Carbondale City Hall and Courthouse Casting Iron Catherine Manley Coffey Charting the Course of Coal Church Street: Five of Carbondale’s many historic Churches City of Scranton Civil War Memorial Claremont & Concord Snow Plow #60 CNJ #5 Steam Derrick Coal Miners’ and Laborers’ Strike Col. Alvin D. Ungerleider Colliery Locomotive, 1919 Colonel Frank J. Duffy Memorial Park Colonel George Whitfield Scranton Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery Deacon William Clark Delaware & Hudson Canal Company Office Building Delaware & Hudson Passenger Station Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Shops Discovery of the Pothole DL&W Coal Hoppers Dominick Paparelli Dynamite Magazine & Cap House E.J. Lavino & Company #3 Education Edward William Ryan, M.D. Elder Miller Fell Township War Memorial First Aid Pioneer First Electric Cars First Rite Aid Corporation Drugstore Founders of the Old Forge Cemetery Association Founding Members of St. Stanislaus Polish National Catholic Church Fountain of the Immigrants Franklin Colliery Coal Mine Car From Mine to Market General Casimir Pulaski General Jerome F. O’Malley General Thaddeus Kosciuszko George H. Catlin Memorial House Gino J. Merli Gino J. Merli Gino J. Merli Global War on Terror Memorial of Remembrance Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Grand Trunk Western #6039 Gravity Park Gravity Park and the Gravity Railroad Historic Site Gravity Railroad Gravity Railroad Monument Gualdo Tadino Citizens Memorial Harris Hall Bell Memorial Harry Sugerman Hickory Grove Cemetery Home of Debra Records Houlihan - McLean Center Illinois Central #790 In Remembrance of the Holocaust Information About This Piece of Coal Inigo Becomes St. Ignatius - 1491-1556 Jacob and the Angel Jay Gould Jay Gould Jerry Moran Jerry Tomasetti John J. Morelli John Mitchell Joseph R. Sarnoski Keyser Creek Korean War Memorial Lackawanna County Lackawanna County Korean War Memorial Lackawanna Heritage Valley Lackawanna Iron Lackawanna River Foot-Bridge Lackawanna River Watershed History Laura Lee DeFazio Morabito Lieutenant Colonel Frank J. Duffy Park Long Island Railroad #193 Rotary Snow Plow Loretto Perfectus Walsh Making Steel Martyrs' Grove Marywood University Timeline Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral McCawley Park: Carbondale's UFO Medal of Honor Mellon Bank Building Memorial Park Miners and Laborers Memorial Mining Methods Mobile Fire Fighting Equipment Monkey Run Park Moosic High School Munsee Indian Village Nestor Chylak New Haven Trap Rock Company #43 Ninth Ward World War II Honor Roll Norwood & St. Lawrence #210 O & W O&W Railroad Oil House Oil House Foundation Old Forge Old Forge War Memorial Olyphant Coal Miners Memorial Olyphant Junior High School Our Founding Pastors Our Lady of Victory Shrine Owen Kilcullen P.F.C. Carpellotti, U.S.M.C. Patrolman William F. McAndrew Pearl Harbor Memorial Penn State Scranton Penn State Scranton Veterans Memorial Pennsylvania Boxcars Pennsylvania Gravity Piazza dell' Arte Pine Brook War Memorial Pope Saint Pius X Prime Bishop Franciszek Hodur Queen City Station Rahway Valley #15 Reading #2124 Reddington Field Reinterred Remains from St. John's Lutheran Cemetery Rev. Jacob M. Koehler Rev. William Bishop Right Reverend William O'Hara, D.D. Roaring Brook Robert Patrick Casey Rock Loader Rocky Glen Park Rolling and Puddling Saint Casimir Saint Stanislaus PNCC Parish Statue Dedication Schmidt Park History Scranton Scranton - The Electric City Scranton Central High School Scranton Iron Furnaces Scranton Iron Furnaces Historic Site Scranton Preparatory School Scranton Preparatory School Seal Scranton's History Mule Scranton's Iron Furnace Settlement Silkman House Simpson, Lackawanna County, Pa. Site of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Motherhouse South Abington Township World War II Memorial SPC. Nicholas Staback Spec 5 Ambrose J. Cerene SS. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Association Charter Members St. Mary of the Most Holy Rosary Church Cornerstone St. Thomas College "Old Main" Cornerstone Steamtown Steamtown National Historic Site Steamtown National Historic Site Supplying the Blast Tank Car Terence Powderly and National Labor Movements / A Valley of Firsts Terence V. Powderly The Anthracite Coal Fields The Battleship Maine Memorial The Bivouac of the Dead The Blast Furnaces The Borough of Jermyn The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company The Electric City The Everhart Museum The Freedom Tree The Geology of the Pothole The Gravity Railroad The Harrison Avenue Bridge The Heritage of the Anthracite American The Honorable George W. Bush The Lackawanna Valley The Loading and Supply Dock The Olyphant Heritage Development Strategy The Pavilion at Nay Aug Park The Slope 190 Story The Tripp House The “Pioneer” Thomas A. Snook VFW Post 6520 Veterans Memorial Throop Turntable Union Pacific #4012 Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial and Stadium Veterans Memorial Bridge Viet Nam War Memorial Vietnam Veterans Memorial Vietnam War Memorial Vietnam War Memorial War Memorial War Memorial War Memorial War Memorial War Memorial War Memorial War Memorial War Memorial War Memorial War Memorial War Memorial War Memorial War Memorial War Memorial War Memorial War Memorial Honor Roll Weston Field and Field House William McKinley William W. Scranton Wilson-Conklin Post No. 579 Charter Members World War I Memorial World War I Memorial World War I Veterans Park World War II Memorial World War II Memorial World War II Memorial World War Memorial World War Memorial World Wars Memorial World Wars Memorial "Old Main"
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Lackawanna County, located in northeastern Pennsylvania, has a rich history that dates back to the Native American tribes who originally inhabited the area. The region was mostly settled by European immigrants in the late 18th century, after the American Revolution. The Lackawanna River played a vital role in the development of the county, as it provided transportation for coal and other goods.

The discovery of anthracite coal in the area in the early 19th century led to a rapid growth of the coal mining industry, making Lackawanna County a crucial player in the Industrial Revolution. The region became known as the "Coal Capital of the World," attracting thousands of workers from various ethnic backgrounds. Along with the mining industry, iron and steel works also flourished, further contributing to the county's economic growth.

During the 20th century, Lackawanna County faced challenges as the demand for coal declined and many coal mines closed. However, efforts were made to diversify the economy, leading to the establishment of industries such as education, healthcare, and manufacturing. The area also became a major hub for transportation, with the construction of highways, railways, and an international airport.

In recent years, Lackawanna County has continued to evolve and adapt to changing times. The county's rich cultural heritage is celebrated through numerous festivals, museums, and historical landmarks. The region's natural beauty, including the Pocono Mountains, provides opportunities for outdoor recreation. Today, Lackawanna County remains a vibrant community with a blend of historical charm, industrial heritage, and a vision for the future.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.

  • 1786: Lackawanna County was formed from part of Luzerne County.
  • 1840: The Delaware and Hudson Canal opened, connecting the county to the Hudson River.
  • 1851: The Scranton Iron Furnaces were built, establishing the county as an industrial center.
  • 1877: The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 occurred in the county, leading to violent clashes between workers and authorities.
  • 1896: Electric streetcars were introduced in the city of Scranton.
  • 1902: The Knox Mine Disaster, a mining accident, resulted in the flooding of several mines and the loss of many lives.
  • 1926: The Scranton-Lackawanna Airport was opened.
  • 1958: The Steamtown National Historic Site was established, preserving the region's railroad heritage.
  • 1976: The Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour opened to the public as a tourist attraction.