Scranton Lace Factory Basement

Basic
Region: Scranton
Location
Type: Factory
Status: Demolished/Destroyed
Parent: [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]]
Opened: 1890
Closed: 2002
Location:

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Underground Structure
Type: Finished Structure
Status: Destroyed
Total Length: 3 city blocks
Depth (BGL): ~20 feet
Complex: [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]]
Opened: 1890
Closed: 2002

The [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]] had an elaborate system of tunnels and rooms forming its basement area. It is rumored that some WWII equipment was stored in them at one point, but that has never been confirmed. These are the pictures.

Scranton Lace Factory Basement Entrance

Scranton Lace Factory Basement Entrance

by The Owner of NEPATrains.org - CC BY-SA 4.0

The entrance ladder into the [[ catacombs // Scranton Lace Factory Basement ]]. The entrance was a manhole in the middle of the floor in an area that joined two large rooms.

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Scranton Lace Factory Basement First Hall

Scranton Lace Factory Basement First Hall

by The Owner of NEPATrains.org - CC BY-SA 4.0

The first hallway encountered in the [[ Scranton Lace Factory Basement ]]. The hall immediately curved into another hall. The ceiling is just about six feet high.

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Scranton Lace Factory Basement First Room

Scranton Lace Factory Basement First Room

by The Owner of NEPATrains.org - CC BY-SA 4.0

The first room encountered in the [[ Scranton Lace Factory Basement ]], this room was empty. The ceiling was supported by metal posts and brick pillars.

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Scranton Lace Factory Basement Ceiling Getting Lower

Scranton Lace Factory Basement Ceiling Getting Lower

by The Owner of NEPATrains.org - CC BY-SA 4.0

At this point, the ceiling got lower. We had to bow our heads a little, and duck I beams. To the front is a dead end tunnel, and to the right is the hall to the rest of the [[ Scranton Lace Factory Basement ]]. We came from the left.

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Scranton Lace Factory Basement Low Dead End

Scranton Lace Factory Basement Low Dead End

by The Owner of NEPATrains.org - CC BY-SA 4.0

One of many dead ends in the [[ Scranton Lace Factory Basement ]]. The ceiling was about 4 feet high at this point, and it wasn’t worth crawling to the end.

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Scranton Lace Factory Basement Dusty Room

Scranton Lace Factory Basement Dusty Room

by The Owner of NEPATrains.org - CC BY-SA 4.0

The dustiest room in the [[ Scranton Lace Factory Basement ]]. The hallway went through the center of this room.

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Scranton Lace Factory Basement Zig Zag Pipes

Scranton Lace Factory Basement Zig Zag Pipes

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A wide hallway in the [[ Scranton Lace Factory Basement ]] with zig zagging pipes on the ceiling. The ceiling is about 5 feet high. Fun fact: the person I explored with banged his forehead off of one of these pipes and knocked his hard hat off! It was also at this point that the air quality dropped severely. We were hyperventilating just standing there.

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Scranton Lace Factory Basement Chute of Death

Scranton Lace Factory Basement Chute of Death

by The Owner of NEPATrains.org - CC BY-SA 4.0

Named the [[ Chute of Death // Scranton Lace Factory Basement ]] for multiple reasons. The ceiling was 2 feet high at this little chute. It was loaded with wood scrap that could have easily contained nails. Finally, from my OSHA 30 training, this is without a doubt a confined space, and based off of the air quality outside this chute, there is a very real chance you could suffocate just by entering.

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Scranton Lace Factory Basement End of The Line

Scranton Lace Factory Basement End of The Line

by The Owner of NEPATrains.org - CC BY-SA 4.0

The final room and the [[ end-of-the-line // Scranton Lace Factory Basement ]] for us. It was at this point that the air quality was too poor to contine; we simply couldn’t keep a clear mind in this room. Sadly, there is a large portion of the “catacombs” that will never be seen again.

I ask the question: how exclusive was this place? None of the pictures had graffiti (even the ones not uploaded). I can’t recall seeing any graffiti down there. No pictures or videos are online. Were we the only ones to see that basement in a long time?

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