Former Scranton railroad station marks 100 years

November 12, 2008 5:48:05 AM PST
The banner reads "Scranton is coming back" but the word "coming" is crossed off. It has been 100 years since the Lackawanna Railroad Station was dedicated in Scranton, and the station, now the Lackawanna Radisson Station Hotel, is celebrating its centennial anniversary.

In 1908, the station was the new hub of a bustling city - then, the nation's 20th largest city. A birthday bash on Tuesday evening marked what many call Scranton's return to glory.

People gathered under the Tiffany glass of the stations marble-lined atrium, some boarded a train behind the station, and others took horse drawn carriages into town.

The Lackawanna Railroad station closed in the early 1970s and was empty for a decade until an effort was begun to refurbish it. It reopened as a hotel in 1983.

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