About ScrantonScranton and Lackawanna County played an important part in the Industrial Revolution—four anthracite blast furnaces built in the 1840s and 1850s by the Scranton brothers helped supply more than 80 percent of the anthracite coal that fueled the growth of American industry. Miles of track, industrial sites and mine tunnels remain.
At 700 Lackawanna Ave. (I-81 exit 185) is the 1908 Lackawanna Station, a former railroad depot that has been restored and converted into the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton. The lobby of the neo-Classical structure displays a mosaic floor, a barrel-vaulted Tiffany stained-glass ceiling and Siena marble and faience tile murals; phone (570) 342-8300.
The Suraci Gallery, Mahady Gallery and The Maslow Study Gallery for Contemporary Art at Marywood University, the Linder Gallery at Keystone College and The Hope Horn Gallery at the University of Scranton feature paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs. Theater, concert and musical presentations are offered at the schools throughout the year. Phone (570) 348-6278 for Marywood University; (570) 945-8000 for Keystone College and (570) 941-7400 for Scranton University information.
Outdoor concerts are presented May through September at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, (570) 961-9000. Additional theater, concert and musical presentations are offered at Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, (570) 955-1455; and Scranton Cultural Center, (570) 346-7369.
Pop culture has brought Scranton, which served as the fictional setting of the NBC comedy “The Office,” a lot of attention in recent years. Though not filmed here, the show's characters often discussed local restaurants, attractions and the mining history. The sitcom's opening credits showed some of the city's landmarks.
Lots of recreational opportunities can be found at Lackawanna State Park, McDade Park and Merli-Sarnoski Park. The PNC Field, off I-81 exit 182 at the base of Montage Mountain, plays host to the New York Yankees' class AAA-affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, in spring and summer; phone (570) 969-2255.
ShoppingViewmont Mall, on US 6 Bus. Rte. off I-81 exit 191A, features JCPenney and Macy's.
Things to Do Anthracite Heritage Museum
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