Honesdale, Pennsylvania: Birthplace of America’s Railroad

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    Founded in 1826, Honesdale, Pennsylvania is located near the Northern Pocono Mountains and 32 miles northeast of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Honesdale is home to the first commercial steam locomotive run on rails in the United States, the Stourbridge Lion. On August 8, 1829, the Stourbridge Lion started in Honesdale and ran three miles to Seelyville, and back. Therefore, Honesdale, is known as the birthplace of the American Railroad. Most, if not all, crosswalks in Honesdale are train track designs in honor of Honesdale being the birthplace of the American railroad. The famous Christmas/winter song, Winter Wonderland, written by Felix Bernard and Richard Smith, was based on Honesdale’s Central Park. Smith, who is a Honesdale native, was inspired when he saw the park covered in snow. In May of 1859, a group of political leaders began a “boom” to nominate former president Abraham Lincoln to be the presidential candidate for the Republican Party in a small house in Honesdale. You can see the picture of the house and sign below. Irving Cliff has a great view of Honesdale. You can see much of the city from here, the cliff is free to access. During the 4th of July fireworks are set off [...] The post Honesdale, Pennsylvania: Birthplace of America’s Railroad appeared first on Fly2Travel.

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