Ice Train Excursion and The Office In Steamtown, Scranton PA
The Ice Train Excursion
The Steamtown National Historic Site preserves the tradition of operating a magnificant steam powered train excursion each winter, when the majority of other tourist rail lines do not operate at all.
The Steamtown Ice Train in the film below is pulled by locomotive Canadian National #3254.
The Steamtown facility was constructed in the early 1990s on the site of the former DL&W rail yard in Downtown Scranton PA, a hub of rail transporation near Back Mountain and Wilkes-Barre, hence the Scranton nickname Steamtown.
Steamtown National Historic Site - Annual Ice Train Run
Attractions in Pennsylvania
Scranton's Steamtown National Historic Site
Steamtown National Historic Site
The Endless Mountains Heritage Site in northeastern Pennsylvania is a part of the Appalachians and set in a picturesque region where Native Americans lived for many generations. A sense of history and beauty fills this region.
Black Mountains and Endless Mountains
Endless Beauty in Northeast Pennsylvania
Back Mountain is a suburb of Scranton PA that is near dozens of travel attractions and places of historic interest. Whether for vacation, relocation, or retirement. Back Mountain provides a relaxing atmosphere of small town life in the mountains of Pennsylvania, right beside a larger city and all its inviting attractions.
The local mountains are the Endless Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania, actually part of the Appalachians and set in a picturesque region where Native Americans lived for many generations and named the local landmarks. This is the Endless Mountains Heritage Region.
The Iroquois Confederation and Susquehannock Nations cared for the land, but largely moved away with the advent of colonization by whites after the end of the French and Indian War. Their place names remain, however, along with installations preserving their culture and crafts. In addition, Amish and Mennonite families still work the region and their farms provide interesting attractions. Forested areas provide outdoor recreation as well.
Travel and Tourism
Back Mountain particpates in oning historic preservation and tourism developments that have resulted in an over-40% increase in average household income from 2000 - 2010. Recognized by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as the fastest growing city in the state, its residents are employed largely in Construction, Healthcare, and Tourism related businesses that are growing in popularity.
Waterfront properties and green space for recreation and residential use are also a large draw for the suburb. These water ways include the Susquehann River, Harveys Lake, Huntsville Reservoir, Huntsville Golf Club, Lackawanna State Forest, Slocum State Park, ther Pocono Mountains and other landmarks.
- Endless Mountains Nature Center, nature education and outdoor recreation for all ages
Nature education and outdoor recreation for schools, groups, and the public in northeastern Pennsylvania.
- Pennsylvania Water Trails of the Endless Mountains
The mission of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is to provide fishing and boating opportunities through the protection and management of aquatic resources.
- Susquehanna Greenway
The Susquehanna Greenway links communities to enrich visotirs and residents with recreation, healthy living, and sustainability.
Scranton, The Electric City
Photographer and Author - Alyssa Amori
Published in 2007, this book contains over 100 full color images of the City of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The photographer Alyssa Amori is a long-time resident of Scranton and loves her hometown. Through her creative lens during a six-month timeline, she recorded the historic architecture, parks, celebrations, and people of Scranton to share with others (please see the video below).
Some of the wonderful photos she presents in this unforgettable book include:
- Roger Clemens at a Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Yankees event,
- Everhart Museum
- Lackawanna County Courthouse
- Lake Scranton.
- St. Patrick's Day Parade
- Scranton Cultural Center
- Steamtown National Historic Site
- The Mall at Historic Steamtown
Ms. Amori thinks much about American servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those serving in other pports of call far from home. She wants to see the book sent to anyone serving elsewhere that is from the Scranton area. The book is designed with providing the troops a look homeward in mind. Ms. Amori is looking for individuals or groups that can provide addresses and/or donations for printing and mailing books to American troops (email email@example.com). The book is also available directly on Amazon,.com.
Scranton Steam Town Museum
Weekend Travel Planning in Eastern Pennsylvania
- Weekend Escape Plan - Pennsylvania's Endless Mountains
With their church suppers, trout-filled streams, and affordable vacation homes, the mountains of northeast Pennsylvania seem frozen in a simpler time.
- Endless Mountains Blues Fest - Home of the Blues in Northeast PA.
- Endless Mountains Maple Festival
- Endless Mountain Music Festival
- Fiber Festival in Pennsylvania Endless Mountains
Pennsylvania Endless Mountains Fiber Festival is coming to the Harford Fairgrounds, September, 2004. Vendors, demonstrations, and displays will include anything to do with natural fibers and the animals and plants that produce them.
- Underground Railroad at The Center for AntiSlavery Studies
Endless Mountains Festivals
Back Mountain Documentary (40 min.)
Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge
If you want to adopt or visit animals, near Back Mountain in Dallas PA is an animal refuge that is a haven for animals of all types - even fish. Blue Chip Farms does not euthanize its rescued animals - even if sick or old, they are cared for here.
Its 35 acres are home to dogs, cats, horses, potbelly pigs, and other large and small animals. Fish ponds are filled with rescue fish, but some live indoors in aquariums. A pet hospital, dog park, and horse trails are all in the works. Visit at 974 Lockville Road Dallas, PA 18612.
More About the Back Mountain Area
Remember Dunder-Mifflin from "The Office" at the Steamtown MallClick thumbnail to view full-size
Blue Chips Farm and Back Mountain
Top 10 Most-Advertised Jobs Around Scranton
- Registered Nurses (RNs) - General, Allied Health and Geriatric Specialty
- Retail Salespeople and Cashiers
- Occupational Therapists
- Medical Coders
- Shift Supervisors - Dining and Fast Food
- Certified Nursing Assistants (state-tested CNAs)
- Physical Therapists
- AT&T Retail Sales Consultants
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPNs)
- Healthcare- Managed Care
Summer youth training programs hire in the Back Mountain-Scrantan market from April through June as well. In addition, tourist seasons yearly provide an influx of new jobs.
Top Hiring Employers in Scranton
- Geisinger Health System
- Genesis Health Care
- Bayada Nurses
- AT&T - Telecommunications and web hosting.
- Community Health Systems
- HCR ManorCare - AQ leading Senior center system.
- Amedisys, Inc.
- Manpower - Staffing - Temp to Perm assignments, many listings daily.
- Wilkes-Barre General Hospital
- Catholic Healthcare Partners
Most of the companies listed above are involved in healthcare services.
Local schools offer visitor's tours, a number of festivals, musical productions, concerts, and community events that welcome residents and out-of-towners.
- Luzerne County Community College
- King College
- Misericordia University in Dallas: http://Misericordia.edu/ - Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional training, including Medical.
- Penn State Wilkes-Barre in Lehman: www.wb.psu.edu - Includes an observatory.
- Wilkes University
Train at Back Mountain Road
© 2010 Patty Inglish
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