Introduction to Moosic, Pennsylvania
Moosic, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna county, is 5 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 92 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is included in the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, 5,575 people lived in Moosic.
The area now known as Moosic, which initially consisted of farmlands, was officially established on December 9th, 1898. In the past, the region has been referred to as "Marathon", and "Springbrook". According to sources, the name "Moosic" was taken from the Algonquian term for "elk mountain". Coal mining was the first industry in this community. The establishment of the Moosic Powder Company led to the development of the powder business in Moosic. This company was later taken over by Dupont Powder Mills which operated its plant in Moosic for almost a century. The Starks Breaker colliery also played a major role in the community's economy. Soon after its construction, other collieries established operations in Moosic which led to a significant increase in the population, and the collieries built company stores, houses, and boarding homes for their employees.
Moosic and Nearby Attractions
- Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
- Scranton Iron Furnaces
- Everhart Museum
- Steamtown National Historic Site
- Frances Slocum State Park
- Carousel Water & Fun Park
Things To Do In Moosic
Scranton Iron Furnaces is a place of historic interest near Moosic that houses the industrial remains of Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company's stone blast furnaces which were built in the mid-1800s. Exhibits in the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum reflect the history of Pennsylvania's mills, mines, and factories, while Everhart Museum includes artifacts related to the natural history, art, and paleontology of the region. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Glenmaura National Golf Course. Moosic is also home to the Mercatili Seglia Park which features a gazebo and picnic areas, and includes the New Children's Centennial Park. In addition, activities like biking, boating, fishing, hiking, camping, swimming, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Frances Slocum State Park, Gouldsboro State Park, and Tobyhanna State Park.
Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Moosic Higher Education
Lackawanna College, University of Scranton, Penn State Worthington Scranton, and Johnson College are some of the colleges close to Moosic.