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"Scranton, a city, the capital of Lackawanna co., Pa., is pleasantly situated in a valley or plain on the Lackawanna River, 149 miles W.N.W. of New York, 167 miles N. of Philadelphia, and 18 miles N.E. of Wilkesbarre. It is on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad and the Central Railroad of New Jersey. It is well built, with wide streets, and many costly public and private edifices. It contains 33 churches, an opera-house, several academies, a public library, 12 banks, and a hospital. Three daily and 15 weekly newspapers are published here. Scranton is an important centre of the trade in anthracite coal, and its prosperity is mainly derived from operations in coal and manufactures of iron, machinery, &c. It has large rolling mills, steel-works, furnaces, car-shops, planing-mills, foundries, and manufactures of locomotives, steam-boilers, edge tools, carriages, leather, mining-machinery, railroad iron, stoves, silk fabrics, sash, blinds, &c. It is also a consider able distributing point for wholesale dealers in dry-goods, groceries, and crockery. According to the census of 1890, the aggregate capital of industries reported for Scranton was $15,144,936, and the total value of products $22,801,028. Scranton was founded in 1840, and is the fourth city of the state in population. Pop. in 1880, 45,850; in 1890, 75,215."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • News 1868 - Explosion
    An explosion occurred at the powder works near Scranton, Pa., recently severely burning a Mr. George Smith, an employe in the works. Twenty-two and a ...Read MORE...


  • News 1886 - Strange Breakup
    Miss Effie Coslett, of Scranton, Pa., has in consideration of ten thousand dollars in cash, consented to release from and engagement her lover, Frank ...Read MORE...


  • News 1897 - SUFFOCATED IN A COAL MINE. SLOPE CATCHES FIRE AND SMOKE FILLS THE WORKINGS - YOMASKI'S ESCAPE.
    Scranton, Pa., Nov. 1. - The most fatal mine disaster in the Lackawanna, or Wyoming, coal fields since, the Twin Shaft horror at Pittston over a year ...Read MORE...


  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    A College Education
    50 Cents a Week
    International Correspondence Schools, Scranton, Pa.

    Ladies' Home Journal
    February 1898
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Promenade, Court House Square, Scranton, Pa.
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton, Pa.
  • 1906
    Scranton, a city, capital of Lackawanna co., Pa., is pleasantly situated on rising ground on the Lackawanna River, at the junction of the Roaring Broo...Read MORE...


  • News 1908 - SCRANTON FACTORY FILLED WITH GIRLS A PREY TO FLAMES. FOUR KILLED AND MANY MEET SERIOUS HURTS
    Several Of The Victims Leaped From The Windows.
    FEARFUL JAM ON A FIRE ESCAPE.
    The Flames Gutted the Interior of the Knitting Mill in Which the Girls...Read MORE...


  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    1908 ad

    Fords Sensational Car
    3000 Ford Model T Touring Cars Sold in 48 Hours
    Price only $850.00 F.O.B. Factory
    Conrad Bros.
    No. 245 Wyoing Ave.
    No. 318-20 Linden Street.
    Scranton

    The Scranton Truth
    Scranton, Pennsylvania
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  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    1922 ad

    Biliousness
    An all-ever sick condition, that can be relieved by Bosak's Horke Vino "Natural Tonic"
    All dealers sell it
    The great inconvenience you are suffering can be removed.
    Bosak Manufacturing Co., Scranton, Pa.

    The Bridgeport... Read MORE...

  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Central High School, Scranton, Pa.
  • 1953 - January 1 - WBRE TV channel 28 in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast

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  • 1955 - Hurricane Diane - NINE DEATHS REPORTED IN EASTERN PA. 650 YOUNGSTERS MAROONED; RAIN REACHES 9 INCHES.
    Philadelphia (AP) - Rain-swollen rivers rampaged through eastern Pennsylania today, causing at least nine deaths and isolating towns and cities. The t...Read MORE...




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