Celebrating National Park Week at Steamtown

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — National Park Week is being celebrated throughout the nation and in the Electric City at Steamtown National Historic Site.

“I’m from Concord, New Hampshire. I really wanted to come here at Steamtown when I was 3 or 4 because when I heard about it I was in love with trains and I wanted to come here so bad,” Kaegan Engel of New Hampshire said. “Well, I’m 15 now, and we were planning this for a couple weeks.”

“People don’t look at this place as a national park,” Bill Fischer of Steamtown National Historic Site, Visitor Services said. “They think about Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, all those big natural parks which are in their title National Parks. national Historic Sites are by far the majority of the sites in the national park system.”

These locomotives are in the neighborhood of 60 to 100 years old, and they have special problems that the aver machine doesn’t,” Tim O’Malley, a Steamtown National Historic Site Park Ranger said. “So we have to stay on top of the wear and tear as well as the regular routine maintenance.”

Officials at the Steamtown National Historic Site said they get more visitors during National Park Week, and they have special events scheduled beginning tomorrow. Admission is always free and the site is open seven days a week, nine to five through November.


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