With Scranton as its county seat, Lackawanna County was formed in 1878 in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It is located 132 miles north of Philadelphia and 117 miles northwest of New York City, bordered by the counties of Susquehanna, Wayne, Monroe, Luzerne, and Wyoming.
The world’s largest underground vein of anthracite coal was discovered in the Lackawanna Valley, and Scranton used to be known as the “Anthracite Capital of the World.” In the 1800s and early 1900s, the county built its wealth through mining and steel works. Its coal was transported to New York though the historic Delaware and Hudson Canal, and later by the Delaware and Hudson Railway. The founders of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company also established the city of Carbondale, near the country’s first underground mine.
Today, the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour takes visitors through a coal mine that operated in the 1800s—300 feet underground. The tour is one of the attractions of McDade Park, which covers 180 acres of what was once Lackawanna’s coal mining territory.
In 2009, the county’s population numbered over 213,000. The majority of the county’s residents live in communities along the Lackawanna River Valley. Thousands of students are enrolled in the University of Scranton, Lackawanna College, Penn State Worthington Scranton, and other colleges and universities in the county.
Based in Scranton, the Needle Law Firm has served clients in Lackawanna County for over 100 years. Our Scranton personal injury attorneys represent people injured in various types of accidents, as well as victims of medical malpractice. We also help clients in need of Workers’ Compensation and Social Security benefits.
We offer a free initial consultation, and we do not charge a fee unless our clients receive financial compensation. To schedule a consultation, please call us at (570) 344-1266, or simply fill out and submit our “Contact Us” form.