Scranton Lace Factory

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

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The Scranton Lace Factory was a gigantic factory in Scranton that was at one time the largest producer of Nottingham lace in the world. It has since been abandoned, and as of 2020 demolition is nearing completion.

Only on NEPA Trains are you able to see a rare view of the Scranton Lace Factory basement and underground structures! See the [[ Scranton Lace Factory Basement ]] page.

History

The history of the Scranton Lace Factory has been documented in great depth in many different resources across the internet, so it would be a waste of effort to rewrite it here. The wikipedia article does a superb job at teaching the history. (Effort is better spent on NEPA Trains documenting places that have not been documented elsewhere.)

As a result, the rest of this page will be pictures and stories of the Scranton Lace Factory from NEPA Trains contributors.

Artifacts

A few artifacts have been recovered for NEPA Trains from the Scranton Lace Factory. They are listed below:

  • [[ Scranton Lace Factory Bricks ]]
  • [[ Scranton Lace Factory Depreciation Schedule 1931-1932 ]]
  • [[ Scranton Lace Factory Nottingham Lace Table Topper Advertisement ]]
  • [[ Scranton Lace Factory Yarn Inspection ]]
  • [[ Scranton Lace Factory Yarn Order ]]

These are above ground photos ONLY. Please see the [[ Scranton Lace Factory Basement ]] page for the basement/underground pictures.

Scranton Lace Factory Main Entrance and Clock Tower

Scranton Lace Factory Main Entrance and Clock Tower

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

The main entrance of the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]]. The clock tower can also be seen in this photo.

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Scranton Lace Factory Corridor with Skybridges

Scranton Lace Factory Corridor with Skybridges

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

One of the external corridors of the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]], this one featured many small skybridges connecting the two sides. This was also the best entrance if the gate was open.

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Scranton Lace Factory Courtyard

Scranton Lace Factory Courtyard

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

A courtyard at the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]].

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Scranton Lace Factory Large Room with Punch Cards

Scranton Lace Factory Large Room with Punch Cards

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

One of many large, empty rooms in the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]]. It is unclear what this room was used for, but it contained a large amount of old computer punch cards.

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Scranton Lace Factory Punch Cards

Scranton Lace Factory Punch Cards

by The Owner of NEPATrains.org - All rights reserved

Punch cards at the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]]. These were used to program and run the early computers.

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Scranton Lace Factory Junk Storage Room

Scranton Lace Factory Junk Storage Room

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

A junk storage room in the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]].

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Scranton Lace Factory The Loom Room

Scranton Lace Factory The Loom Room

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

The loom room in the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]]. These giant looms wove thread into cloth. To the upper right, a catwalk can be seen that is now partially demolished.

The entire room used to be filled with these looms, but only one remained at the time of this photo being taken. The other looms were removed for use in exhibits (source: a demolition crew employee).

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Scranton Lace Factory The Loom Room Final Product

Scranton Lace Factory The Loom Room Final Product

by The Owner of NEPATrains.org - All rights reserved

The final bit of cloth ever produced at the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]].

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Scranton Lace Factory Cafeteria Area

Scranton Lace Factory Cafeteria Area

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

The cafeteria area of the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]].

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Scranton Lace Factory Material Cart

Scranton Lace Factory Material Cart

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

A material cart inside a large room at the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]].

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Scranton Lace Factory Storage Cubbies

Scranton Lace Factory Storage Cubbies

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

A large wall of storage cubbies in the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]]. It is unclear what these cubbies stored.

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Scranton Lace Factory Rainy View of the Factory

Scranton Lace Factory Rainy View of the Factory

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

On this particular date, it was raining hard at the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]]. To the left there is a skybridge. When we went through it, one of the demolition crew employeed actually saw us, but did not let us know until the next time we went!

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Scranton Lace Factory Bowling Alley Lanes

Scranton Lace Factory Bowling Alley Lanes

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

The [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]] had a bowling alley. It was small, but interesting. Here is looking down the second set of lanes. No pins or balls were left unfortunately.

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Scranton Lace Factory Bowling Alley Lounge

Scranton Lace Factory Bowling Alley Lounge

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

The lounge area of the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]] bowling alley. This was directly behind the lanes.

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Scranton Lace Factory Flooded Room

Scranton Lace Factory Flooded Room

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

A flooded room in the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]]. This room was directly next to the bowling alley, and had 2-4 inches of standing water at any one spot. Interestingly enough, this was not a ground level floor!

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Scranton Lace Factory Basketball Court and Stage

Scranton Lace Factory Basketball Court and Stage

by The Owner of NEPATrains.org - All rights reserved

The basketball court inside the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]]. As seen, the court also housed a stage. The floor was littered with advertisements for [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]] products. See one [[ here // Scranton Lace Factory Nottingham Lace Table Topper Advertisement ]]!

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Scranton Lace Factory Beginning Demo

Scranton Lace Factory Beginning Demo

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

The beginning of the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]] demolition, as seen from one of the 2-story skywalks. This is actually the exact spot we were spotted by the crew. The crew member that spotted us was down by the excavator.

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Scranton Lace Factory Entrance to Document Room

Scranton Lace Factory Entrance to Document Room

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

The entrance to the document room in the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]]. The document room is what held most of the documents in the factory. This whole area was in the highest part of the factory (excluding towers, etc..), and it was an attic, so it was VERY hot!

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Scranton Lace Factory Staircase to the Clock Tower

Scranton Lace Factory Staircase to the Clock Tower

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

The staircase/ladder up into the clock tower at the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]].

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Scranton Lace Factory Clock Mechanism

Scranton Lace Factory Clock Mechanism

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

The clock mechanism at the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]]. This mechanism was in a tiny room within the tower. The clock faces were outside of this room on the same vertical level. The bell was above.

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Scranton Lace Factory Clock Faces

Scranton Lace Factory Clock Faces

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

The clock faces at the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]]. To the right is the clock mechanism.

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Scranton Lace Factory Bell

Scranton Lace Factory Bell

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

The bell at the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]]. The bell was rung by swinging a pivoting hammer. I was actually able to ring this bell at one date, and its loud!

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Scranton Lace Factory Panorama from the Clock Tower

Scranton Lace Factory Panorama from the Clock Tower

by Casey Knott - All rights reserved

A panorama of the entire complex, as seen from the clock tower. The shear size of the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]] can truly be appreciated in this photo.

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Scranton Lace Factory The Very Top Ladder

Scranton Lace Factory The Very Top Ladder

by Casey Knott - All rights reserved

This was the final and highest ladder at the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]]. At the top was a decorative piece.

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Scranton Lace Factory Demolition of the West End

Scranton Lace Factory Demolition of the West End

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

The demolition of the west end of the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]].

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Scranton Lace Factory Partially Demolished Building

Scranton Lace Factory Partially Demolished Building

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

A partially demolished part of the [[ Scranton Lace Factory ]].

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Scranton Lace Factory Lone Skybridge

Scranton Lace Factory Lone Skybridge

by The Owner of NEPATrains.org - All rights reserved

The Lone Skybridge at the [[ Scranton lace Factory ]]. Only one end had a building attached. This is the skybridge seen in the above 2 photos.

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The Basement

To view the basement photos, please see the [[ Scranton Lace Factory Basement ]] page.


Sources

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scranton_Lace_Company