Mount Carmel Band, Carbondale, PA
The original of this rare and wonderful photograph is in the collection of Dean Cerra, Greenfield Township, PA. The band is shown here in front of the building, still standing, at the corner of Hospital Street and Apple Avenue. The bar that was owned and operated by Luigi Cerra is seen at the far right of the photograph. Luigi Cerra, who is very probably one of the musicians shown here, was one of the constituent members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Carbondale. He was the great grandfather of Father Louis Pascoe (Fordham University, New York City), Joseph Pascoe (Carbondale) and Ronald Pascoe (Carbondale), the three sons of Santo A. Pascoe and his wife Rose M. Cerra, of 36 Hospital Street. Please contact the Historical Society if you can identify any of the persons shown in the above photograph or if you can tell us more about the Mount Carmel Band.
Winter in Carbondale
To celebrate winter and the Christmas season, we have added to the Historical Society's webpage a new page, titled "Winter in Carbondale," which features the fine art photography of Ruthanne Jones of Carbondale. We invite you to go there and enjoy the fine works of art presented there that have been created by Ruthanne Jones. Given immediately below is another of Ruthanne's beautiful photographs.
Tracks in the Snow: D & H Railroad, Carbondale
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The Carbondale Historical Society and Museum is
located on the third floor of historic Carbondale City Hall and
Courthouse in Carbondale, PA. The building, which is listed in the
National Register of Historic Places, is located at One North Main
The first public meeting of the Historical Society, founded in October
of 1974 by a group of six Carbondale Area school teachers, was held in
January of 1975. On November 6, 1982, the Historical Society and the
Committee to Restore Carbondale City Hall merged to form the Carbondale
Historical Society and Museum, which was incorporated on March 15, 1983.
The Carbondale Historical Society and Museum is an educational and
historical membership organization whose mission is to record, gather,
and preserve the history of the city of Carbondale and the surrounding
area. Through its genealogical and local history research center and
exhibition galleries on the third floor of Carbondale City hall (listed
in the National Register of Historic Places on January 6, 1983, through
the efforts of the Society) and through an annual series of public
lectures, programs, exhibitions, and commemorative ceremonies, in the
community and in the public schools, the Society, at the same time,
interprets and makes accessible to the public the City's rich, diverse,
and unique history and heritage. The Carbondale Historical Society and
Museum is committed to the central values of (1) maintaining the highest
possible standards in all its endeavors, (2) providing excellent
service to the public at all times, and (3) demonstrating leadership and
innovation in the field of local history.
The Society's research room and exhibition galleries are open from 1 - 5
P.M., Monday through Friday, and by appointment. Given the fact that we
are an all-volunteer organization, it is always a good idea to phone
ahead (570-282-0385, or email@example.com)
to make sure that someone will be at the Society when you arrive. This
is especially important if you're traveling from out of town to
Carbondale to do research.
Carbondale City Hall on Saint David's Day (note the Welsh flag on the flagpole on the left)
The Pioneer City
earliest settlers came into the area which is now Carbondale in the
first decade of the nineteenth century. Originally the city was called
Ragged Island, then Barrendale, and finally Carbondale.
The true founders of Carbondale were William and Maurice Wurts who
arrived in the area from Philadelphia, PA. in 1814. The Wurts brothers
were instrumental in the formation of the Delaware and Hudson Canal
Company, in 1823. That company developed the anthracite resources of the
area and shipped, via its Gravity Railroad from Carbondale to Honesdale
and its canal from Honesdale to the Hudson River, vast quantities of
anthracite coal to the New York market, throughout the Northeast, and
(via the Erie Canal) the Midwest.
As early as 1822, the area developed by the Wurts brothers began to be
known as Carbondale. The City of Carbondale was incorporated on March
15, 1851, making it the oldest (the "Pioneer") city in Lackawanna
County, PA, and the fourth oldest city (after Philadelphia, Lancaster,
and York) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
D&H Railroad and Anthracite History
Andrew A. Collier, shown below on a fishing outing, worked in the Coal Brook Colliery of the Hudson Coal Company in Carbondale, circa 1917-1931. The Collier family lived at 40 Forty-Second Street.
In April 2012, his son, William A. Collier (Somerset, NJ) became a Friend of D&H Caboose 35964, which will be the center piece in the visitors' center (see photo below) soon to be constructed in Carbondale.
At that time, William A. Collier donated to the Historical Society in memory of his father, Andrew A. Collier, a number of rare and wonderful railroad and Carbondale-related photographs that had belonged to his father.
One of those photos is the track-level view, looking North, of the Carbondale D&H yard, shown below. The Coal Brook Colliery, where Andrew A. Collier worked, is shown in the left background of this photograph.
Andrew A. Collier
(November 14, 1899--July 11, 1968)
Andrew A. Collier's father, Charles J. Kollier, who died in Carbondale in 1915, worked on passenger cars for the D&H in the early 1900s.
Track-level view of Carbondale Yard, looking North, with Coal Brook Colliery in the left background.
D&H Caboose 35964
This is the exhibition pavilion that the Historical Society will have constructed in Carbondale on the Hotel Chellino site to house D&H Caboose 35964. We will need the help of a lot of people to make this pavilion a reality. If you can help in any way, we would be very pleased to hear from you at 570-282-0385.
Welcome to the Historical Society
Here are five recent photographs that were taken by Society member Hank Loftus at the Historical Society. In the first photograph, we see the main hallway on the third floor. Note the beautiful wrought iron work on the staircase and the oak wainscoting from 1895.
Here are four views in and around Room 301
Additional photographs taken in the D&H galleries will be shown very soon on the D&H/Mining page.
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