Located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Scranton is the county seat of Lackawanna County and the seventh most populous municipality in the state. Scranton is not only the geographic centerof the Lackawanna River valley but the cultural center as well. With the vastly rural Pocono Mountains to the east and Endless Mountains to the west, Scranton has gone through several booms and busts since Europeans began settling the area in the late 1700's. The first occupants of the area were the Lenape' people. Lackawanna in Lenape’ means "stream that forks" describing the site of the original settlement. Scranton officially became a city in April of 1866.
The city's early growth was fueled by textile mills, then later in the late 19th and 20th century it thrived on iron and steel production, railroad companies and finally coal before World War II. Scranton has gone through many changes during the city revitalization beginning in the mid-1980's. Renewed interest in the city's buildings and history from officials and the public at large include projects to renovate properties that reflect the industrial history of Scranton. The Steamtown National Historic Site captures the area's once-prominent position in the railroad industry, and the former DL&W train station has been restored and located at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel.
Further regenerating the area was the establishment of the Steamtown Mall, the Electric City Trolley Museum and the Houdini Museum. The influx of property developers have transformed the dilapidated buildings and vacant lots into attractive residential, office and retail spaces. Snö Mountain ski resort, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees) and the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain have also contributed to the recent popularity and favorable attention to Scranton.