History

Dalton's humble beginings...


NESTLED AMONG THE FARMS, FIELDS AND FORESTS OF NORTHWEST LACKAWANNA 

COUNTY IN PENNSYLVANIA, DALTON BOROUGH IS A COMMUNITY RICH IN FAMILY-

FRIENDLY LIVING AND AMENITIES THAT DATE BACK TO GOLDEN OLDEN TIMES.

NEW ENGLANDERS WERE THE FIRST TO SETTLE IN THIS VERDANT VALLEY, IN 1801. JUST 

11 MILES NORTH OF SCRANTON, DALTON GREW AS SCRANTON PROSPERED, AND BY 

1895 THIS RURAL SUBURB HAD BECOME A BUSY TRADING CENTER – A COUNTRY

OUTPOST OF MERCHANTS, CRAFTSMEN AND INNKEEPERS. THE DL&W RAILROAD

CONTRIBUTED TO DALTON’S GROWTH BY INITIATING TRAIN SERVICE THROUGH THE 

TOWN IN THE 1850s AND BY INCLUDING DALTON IN THE NORTHERN ELECTRIC

RAILWAY’S TROLLEY RUNS TO AMUSEMENT PARKS IN CLARKS SUMMIT AND LAKE

WINOLA FROM 1908 TO 1932. THE DALTON TRAIN STATION STILL STANDS, AND MUCH OF 

THE OLD TROLLEY TRACKAGE IS NOW A LOVELY LANDSCAPE OF WALKING TRAILS 

THROUGH MILES OF WOODS AND MEADOWS.

THE COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVANCY’S TROLLEY TRAILS ARE JUST PART OF DALTON’S

APPEAL TODAY. OTHERS INCLUDE THE BOROUGH’S ABUNDANT OPEN SPACES AND LOW 

POPULATION DENSITY, A TUNKHANNOCK CREEK TRIBUTARY THAT FLOWS SERENELY

THROUGH THE CENTER OF TOWN, TWO PUBLIC PARKS, TREE-LINED RESIDENTIAL 

STREETS, A WELL-BOOKED AND WELL-STAFFED LIBRARY, PROXIMITY TO KEYSTONE

COLLEGE, A VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY THAT HAS SERVED THE TOWN SINCE 1895, AND

ZONING REGULATIONS THAT ENCOURAGE PROGRESS AND INNOVATION WHILE 

SUSTAINING THE BOROUGH’S PASTORAL CHARM.

DALTON IS A BOROUGH THAT HONORS HISTORY, EMBRACES NATURE, AND 

ENCOURAGES PROGRESS IN COMMUNITY-CONSCIOUS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT. 

WHETHER YOU COME TO VISIT, SHOP, OR RESIDE, YOU WILL ALWAYS FEEL WELCOME 

IN DALTON, PA!