Lackawanna Valley

Pennsylvania’s First Heritage Park…

lackawanna_posterThe Lackawanna Valley was once a hot bed of the nation’s anthracite mining industry helping to supply 80 percent of the hard coal needed to fuel the growth of American industry. The Lackawanna Heritage Valley, Pennsylvania’s first Heritage Park, and recently designated as a Federal Heritage Area, tells the story behind the difficult lives of mineworkers and their families. Fourteen levels of mine tunnels, thousands of miles of railroad tracks, hundreds of industrial sites, distinctive architecture and countless ethnic communities, organizations and institutions testify to the importance of the story of anthracite for the area and the country.

Go Underground and Into History…

Lackawanna Mine Tour Lackawanna countyAt the Lackawanna Coal Mine, explore 300-ft. beneath the earth in an actual mine. See how men slaved on hands and knees to harvest black diamonds. Learn from a real miner about life and hard coal times in the city that was once the anthracite capital of the world and one of the most prosperous on the East Coast. At the Anthracite Heritage Museum, you can take a closer look at the lives of the people who settled the area, mined the coal and transformed the region into the coal producing giant it came to be.

A Variety of Experiences…

Scranton, Lackawanna County

Experience a place with an array of sites and attractions for the entire family from the Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces to the Houdini Tour and Show. Discover the wonder of railroading at Steamtown National Historic Site and Lackawanna County’s new Electric City Trolley Station and Museum or head to the Everhart Museum, a regional center featuring natural history, science and art exhibits.

Outdoor Excitement…

lack_minetourIf it’s outdoor fun you’re looking for you can find it at the Olympic size swimming pool, fishing ponds, tennis courts and playgrounds at the 200-acre McDade Park. Enjoy water slides, batting cages, and Alpine skiing at Montage Mountain. Don’t forget the Valley’s two state parks, complete with campgrounds, fishing, swimming pools, and picnic facilities.