Carbondale, Pennsylvania

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Carbondale is a city in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. Carbondale is located approximately 15 miles due NE of the city of Scranton in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The population was 9,804 at the 2000 census.

The land area that became Carbondale was developed by William and Maurice Wurts, the founders of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company, during the rise of the anthracite coal mining industry in the early 19th century. Carbondale was the site of the first underground mine in the United States. It was also a major terminal of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad.

Like many other cities and towns in the region, Carbondale has struggled with the demise of the once-prominent coal mining industry that propelled the region into a haven for Eastern European immigrants seeking work during the late 19th century and early 20th century.

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Geography

Carbondale is located at 41°34′19″N 75°30′3″W / 41.57194°N 75.50083°W / 41.57194; -75.50083 (41.572082, -75.500820)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.4 km²), all of it land.

Schools

Carbondale and the surrounding areas are home to many schools, including:

  • Carbondale Area Elementary, Carbondale
  • Carbondale Area High, Carbondale
  • Fell Charter Elementary, Simpson
  • Sacred Heart Elementary, Carbondale

There have been school closings and consolidations to accommodate the declining number of children; the Fell Elementary in Simpson was closed in 2001 which resulted in the formation of the Fell Charter Elementary by parents who did not wish to send their children to Carbondale Area. The school originally housed grades K-12, but a lawsuit with Carbondale Area resulted in the closure of grades 9-12 due to financial shortfalls. Fell Charter currently enrolls 187 students in grades K-8. In 2004, Sacred Heart High School closed due to fallen enrollment. During the last year of operation, Sacred Heart Jr/Sr High enrolled 96 students. The following year, faculty and parents of Sacred Heart Jr/Sr High School formed St. Rose Academy Jr/Sr High School for those who did not wish to attend Holy Cross High School in Dunmore, then Bishop O'Hara. As of the 2008-09 school year, St. Rose Academy enrolls 76 students in grades 7-12.

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