City of Nanticoke
15 E. Ridge Street
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name Nanticoke was derived from Nantego, the Native American
tidewater people who moved here when their Maryland lands
were spoiled for hunting by the colonial settlement in 1608.
Nanticoke was incorporated as a village in 1830; Nanticoke
was chartered by the Pennsylvania Legislature as a borough
on January 31, 1874.
The City of Nanticoke is situated between the Susquehanna
River on the north and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains
on the south. It occupies 3.4 square miles of land (2,179
acres) and is located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. In
the late 19th Century.
In the early 18th century white settlers were attracted
to the site of a village of the Nanticoke Indians and set
up a gristmill, iron forge, and sawmill at the Susquehanna
Rapids. The Nanticoke migrated to New York state in 1793.
In 1825 the first anthracite coal mine was opened in the
locality and by 1878 Nanticoke was a major coal-mining centre.
Coal mining declined with the widespread use of fuel oil,
natural gas, and electricity; the population decreased and
all the mines were closed by 1973. Nanticoke is now basically
residential with some light manufacturing development. Luzerne
County Community College is located there.
Samuel H. Kress opened his first store, which grew
into the national S. H. Kress & Co. chain, in Nanticoke.
The Concrete City, built by the Delaware, Lackawanna
and Western Railroad's coal division in 1911 to house its
workers, is located near the Hanover section of Nanticoke.
Abandoned since 1924, it was designated an historic site
in 1998, and its remains still stand as a tourist attraction.
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