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Towns, Villages, Patches in the Coal Region
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Alaska : located at the current Mount Carmel Industrial Park, outside Locust Gap.
Alden : a hillside village southwest of Nanticoke. Used to be coal mine and breaker here, but it was demolished many years ago.
Andrewsville : outside of Lansford on Route 209 North. Near the No. 6 breaker. Approximately 20 homes. Initially all the houses were painted a dark grey, making the area look very bleak. When the residents were given the opportunity to buy the homes from the coal company, they immediately dressed them up with all the colors of the rainbow (pink, purple, blue, etc) to give new life to the patch.
Archbald : ten miles northeast of Scranton, population about 7,000. Named after the designing engineer of the Delaware & Hudson Gravity Railroad.
Aristes : north of Centralia on Rte 42
Arnots Addition : (pronounced "arnasaddishun") west of St. Clair, on the way to Duncott
Ashley : on the southern border of Wilkes-Barre
Lower Askam : leave Lee Park on south Main Street heading south, pass St. Mary's Cemetery and few miles past that you come into Askam. (or is it Askum?)
Atlas : across the viaduct from Mt. Carmel on Route 61; Also known as "Exchange" because trains exchanged their cars in the area
Audenreid : on Rte 309 near Kelayres. There was a breaker here. Lots of Molly Maguires from this town.
Avoca : off Rte 81, between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Site of the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Airport. Long-time residents of the area around the airport refer it as "Houston City" or "Howston City". The town was once called "Pleasant Valley", but renamed to Avoca after a rail accident killed many people there. Avoca means "vale of tears" (in Irish or Gaelic?)
Avondale : in Plymouth Township, between the borough of Plymouth and West Nanticoke. On the mountain overlooking US Route 11 and the Susquehanna River.
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