Introduction to Carbondale, Pennsylvania
Carbondale, Pennsylvania is 14 miles NE of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 90 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The city, which is in Lackawanna county, is part of the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metro area.
The region was developed in the early 1800s by the founders of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company, William and Maurice Wurts. It was officially established in 1824, and was named because of the presence of coal. The United States' first underground mine was located in Carbondale. The Delaware and Hudson Railroad was constructed through the region, and a major terminal was situated in the city as well. During the late 19th and early 20th century, Carbondale was known for its coal-mining industry which attracted a number of Eastern European immigrants. However, the industry has since declined which has had a negative impact on Carbondale's economy and population.
Carbondale and Nearby Attractions
- Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
- Scranton Iron Furnaces
- Steamtown National Historic Site
- Ross Park Zoo
- Carousel Water & Fun Park
- Archbald Pothole State Park
Things To Do In Carbondale
Scranton Iron Furnaces is a historic site which houses the industrial remains of Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company's stone blast furnaces. The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum features exhibits that highlight Pennsylvania's mills, mines, and factories. Steamtown National Historic Site preserves the history of main line steam railroading. Everhart Museum, another museum in the area, includes artifacts reflecting the natural history, paleontology, and art. Carbondale is also home to the 150-acre Archbald Pothole State Park, which features large pothole that was shaped during the ice age. Carousel Water & Fun Park, Ross Park Zoo, Tioga Scenic Railroad, and Promised Land State Park are among other popular destinations near the city. In addition, in August, the community hosts the annual Pioneer Days festival which features arts and crafts, a large fireworks display, carnival games, local bands, and festival food.
Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Carbondale Higher Education
Colleges near Carbondale are Johnson College, Lackawanna College, Penn State Worthington Scranton, Marywood University, and University of Scranton.