Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Scranton, Pennsylvania: Steamtown
Your tax dollars at work.
Steamtown National Historic Site is located right in the middle of downtown Scranton. It has a bunch of locomotives and other railroad-related items. After going through it, you'll have learned plenty about the steam engine.
The question is, why does it exist? We already had other railroad historical sites around the country, so there wasn't a crying need for another one. But we did have a Congressman in Northeast Pennsylvania who wanted some federal dollars to help his town. Thus Steamtown. was born. You can read about it in a book called "Adventures in Porkland." Thank you, Congressman Joe McDade.
Steamtown is not an uninteresting place by any means, but it does make you wonder how many more of them are out there.