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Scranton & Wilkes-Barre
February 2016
While in the Poconos for the Jim Thorpe Winterfest, we headed up to Scranton for the day to visit the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum. I highly recommend stopping in if you ever get the chance. The history and heritage of the miners and their families is a fascinating tale. Living as close as we do to the PA coal mining region, I'm sorry I haven't explored it more. I hope to head back up there one day and take the coal mine tour since it was closed for the winter. We also visited the Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces. It was here that we realized that we did not wear enough layers for the subzero temperatures and after exploring the furnaces we headed directly to the nearest Wal-Mart for additional hand warmers and thermal underwear!

On the way back down to the hotel in Lehighton, we made a stop at Mohegan Sun Pocono (formerly Pocono Downs) in Wilkes-Barre for dinner and a little gambling.

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01 McDade Park Sign 02 Coal Mine Tour 03 Hudson Coal Engine
We headed to McDade Park to visit the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
Unfortunately, the coal mine tour isn't open this time of year
Hudson Coal Engine outside the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
06 Anthracite Coal and View 07 Coal Miner Helmet 08 Coal & Iron Police Badge
A large chunk of coal outside the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
Coal miner helmet
A badge from the Coal & Iron Police. Google them and learn what that's all about. Not exactly the good old days.
09 Gatling Gun 11 Anthracite Coal 12 Coal Stove
Gatling Gun
Anthracite coal display
Coal burning stove
13 Curling Stone 14 Luggage 19 Changing Room
There's a curling stone, and we're not even in Canada.
This luggage makes me appreciate my wheeled suitcase!
Miner's changing room
20 Steam Engine 23 Spooling Machine 24 Mom and Married People
High speed steam engine from 1880
Spooling machine from Scranton's garment industry
My mother made 2 small friends
25 Meat Wagon 28 Miner's Kitchen 31 Lace
Need meat? Wait for the meat wagon.
A typical kitchen you'd find in the home of a miner's family.
Wilkes-Barre Lace Manufacturing company made this huge piece
33 Bar 34 Coal Oven 36 Coal George Washington Statue
After a long day in the mines, you need a drink.
Bread, pizza, etc. cooked in a coal oven has a distinct flavor
George Washington bust carved from anthracite coal
39 Scranton View 40 Lackawanna Railroad Bridge 41 Scranton Electric City Mural
Looking out over the hills of Scranton
Lackawanna Railroad trestle
Scranton is the Electric City
42 Scranton Electric City Mural 45 Scranton Iron Furnaces Sign 46 View from Iron Furnaces
Scranton is the Electric City
Subzero temperatures didn't stop us from visiting the Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces
The view from atop the Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces
50 Iron Furnace 51 Roaring Brook 52 Iron Furnace Interior
Walking around on top of the Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces
Roaring Brook flows alongside the Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces
Looking down the interior of an iron furnace
54 Roaring Brook 55 Scranton Iron Furnaces 57 Iron Furnace Interior
Roaring Brook
Walking around the snowy Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces
Inside the Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces
58 Iron Furnace Interior 61 Lackawanna Iron Historic Marker 62 Army Blacksmith Building
Inside an iron furnace
Lackawanna Iron played a big part in the history of Scranton
The blacksmith shop at the Army munitions plant
64 Mohegan Sun Cauldron 65 Mohegan Sun Sign
We stopped at Mohegan Sun Pocono (formerly Pocono Downs) for dinner and some gambling.
We stopped at Mohegan Sun Pocono (formerly Pocono Downs) for dinner and some gambling.

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