Lackawanna Valley Industrial HighwayMoosic Mountain, rising over 1,200 feet above Carbondale's anthracite coal mines, was a formidable barrier to the markets of New York City. The Delaware and Hudson Canal system could be used to move coal from Honesdale to Kingston, New York, but a canal lift lock system over the mountain would have been prohibitively expensive. Instead, the Wurts brothers constructed a "road of rails." In 1827 John Jervis surveyed a route between Carbondale and the D&H canal terminus at Honesdale. Jervis utilized stationary steam engines to pull coal cars up steep inclined planes; between the planes the cars traveled on gently graded levels, drawn by either horses or locomotives or descending by gravity. The first load of coal topped Moosic Mountain on the gravity railroad in October 1829.
|Placed By||Pennsylvania Dept of Transportation and the Federal Highway Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 9:04pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||31N E 166021 N 0|
|Decimal Degrees||41.55330000, -75.49491667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 33.198', W 75° 29.695'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 33' 11.88" N, 75° 29' 41.7" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near US-6, Carbondale PA 18407, US|
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