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Old 03-22-09, 11:03 AM
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Pine Creek Valley PA.

I'm doing a four day tour in July this summer. Williamsport to Wellsboro and back. It begins on Thursday but I may go down a few days early to ride around.

Anyone know this area enough to recommend a route or two? Camping or Inn/motel are both fine with me.

Is Centralia worth visiting? Wilkes Barre?

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If coal mines, ghost towns, environmental disasters and EPA sites are your thing (it's a hobby of mine), then a visit to Centralia may be worth your while. Please be careful...

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In the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, there are some points of interest if you are into the Industrial Revolution era.

Scranton has the Anthracite Heritage Museum and the Lackawanna Coal Mine tour... you can actually go down into what was a working coal mine. In the downtown area of Scranton is SteamTown, which is a great museum on on the steam railroad era. Either are worth a stop if you are in the area. They actually have a working locomotive shop where they repair and restore them, that depending on when you are there is part of the tour.

If you are in the area on the 4th of July, the best fireworks show I have ever seen was on the 4th last year in Wilkes-Barre, preceded by a free outdoor concert by the NE Pennsylvania Philharmonic Orchestra.

Also, there is a coal "company town" that is still standing between here and Hazleton (Eckley Village) that is where the movie "The Mollie Maguires" was filmed. They have a small museum and give tours of the town which includes a couple of the homes and churches etc. It is also a good place to see. An interesting fact is that some people are still living there from when it was a company town. They are renting from the state who currently owns the town.

In Ashley, there is a coal breaker still standing that all you can do is look at from the outside, but worth passing along the way if it is near your path.

My house is on Rte 11, which I think is unique in that you can pass a nuclear power plant, a natural gas power plant (which was converted from the coal it originally burned) and also see wind generators on the hills across the river. Three different types of power generation within about 20 miles.

If none of this interests you, let me know what might, and I'll let you know if the Wilkes-Barre area might be of interest.
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