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Offline bezerk1

Concrete City
« on: October 03, 2015, 09:25:34 am »
Here are some pictures from my ride to "The Concrete City".  It was about a 30 mile ride.  The first picture is where I started.  The second picture is the location of the first picture from across the valley.  I had to reduce the size of the picture which is why you can't see the flag pole.  I also removed a fender crawling out of an extremely deep mud hole. The rest if the pictures are of the city itself.  There are about 15 buildings in this area.  Each one has been burned out and covered in graffiti many times over the last 100 years.  This place would be a great destination for a night ride around Halloween.  Enjoy.
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Offline bezerk1

Re: Concrete City
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2015, 09:32:18 am »
More pictures.

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Offline bezerk1

Re: Concrete City
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2015, 09:35:43 am »
Last batch of pictures.

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Offline mayor hal

Re: Concrete City
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2015, 02:49:51 pm »
Bezerk1....what was this place originally?
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Offline murdo

Re: Concrete City
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2015, 02:38:17 am »
Seems you have the same breed of vandals in your country as we do here.

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Offline paton24

Re: Concrete City
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2015, 07:46:05 am »
Is this in PA?
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Offline bezerk1

Re: Concrete City
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2015, 09:53:42 am »
Here is a brief article that I copied off of another website.  http://home.comcast.net/~tecsite/ConcreteCity/Concrete.html

 The Concrete City was built by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Coal Company back in 1911. It was left abandoned  by the same company in 1924. There were 22 2-story homes that faced a courtyard with complete with a wading pool, tennis courts, playground, baseball field and a small pavillion. It is believed to be the first example of modern tract housing. Located in Hanover Township, Luzerne County, about 300 yards east of Middle Road between Lower Askam and the Hanover section of Nanticoke (there is a historical marker there on the side of the road). About 9 miles north of Glen Lyon. Concrete City opened in 1913 as housing for key employees and mine supervisors of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company, Coal division who worked at the Truesdale Colliery. Each home had seven rooms and rent was $8.00/ month with concrete outhouses built behind each house. They were painted white with dark green trim. The main disadvantage of the concrete city was the dampness caused by moisture rising through the pourous concrete. Everything, including the roof is made of concrete. Each tenant was required to have a garden hose to wash the culm from the walls. Every two years, the coal company made all the necessary repairs and painted the entire town, inside and outside, papering any rooms as requested by the tenants. Only working coal miners were allowed to rent.

        The Glen Alden Company took possession of the property and did not want to spend $ 200,000.00 installing a sewer system required by the township. Demolition began in Dec. 1924. Glen Alden abandoned the complex, in place, because 100 sticks of dynamite had little impact on one of the buildings. Since then, the "city" has been used by the military, police, and fire departments for training. You can see large caliber hits on some of the walls. It was declared a historical site in 1988.

        Concrete City school, located close to Concrete City, was a two story red brick building built in 1913 and was also known as the Betsy Ross School and as the Lower Askam School. It housed 300 students. It was razed about 1979.

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Offline mayor hal

Re: Concrete City
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2015, 05:38:32 am »
Hey...thanks that was a very interesting read!
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