First Posted: 10/8/2014
Steamtown National Historic Site plans to honor military veterans and their families with an Entrance Fee-Free Day for everyone on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11. The day at includes complimentary admission to the Park grounds, museum complex and exhibits, and scheduled walking tours.
Additionally, all active duty military members and their dependents will be able to obtain an annual park pass, an $80 value, at no charge during their visit to Steamtown NHS. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands – more than 2,000 in all. Information about the free military and all National Park passes is available at www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.
Steamtown National Historic Site is the only place in the National Park System where the story of steam railroading and the people who made it possible is told. The historic, industrial railroad yard site features a visitor orientation center with exhibits describing how the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad’s Scranton Yards evolved from 1850 to present, a 250-seat digital surround-sound theater showing the park movie, “Steel and Steam,” throughout the day, and steam-era railroading history, roundhouse and technology museums that tell a multimedia-rich story of the significance of railroad transportation to the U.S. Industrial Revolution.
Visitors may join a scheduled Locomotive Shop tour to learn about steam locomotive maintenance, repair and restoration efforts. Additionally, Civil War and WWII reenactors in uniform will demonstrate period equipment and educate visitors to the important role that railroads played in the movement of troops, equipment and supplies.
Located in downtown Scranton, Steamtown NHS is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. General park information is available by calling 5700-340-5200 during regular business hours, or by visiting the Park website at www.nps.gov/stea.