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Concrete City

1036 S Prospect St, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania 18634 USA

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“abandoned relic of international architecture”

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. The Concrete City was built by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Coal Company back in 1911. It was left abandoned  by the same company in 1924. There were 22 2-story homes that faced a courtyard with complete with a wading pool, tennis courts, playground, baseball field and a small pavillion. It is believed to be the first example of modern tract housing. Located in Hanover Township, Luzerne County, about 300 yards east of Middle Road between Lower Askam and the Hanover section of Nanticoke (there is a historical marker there on the side of the road). About 9 miles north of Glen Lyon. Concrete City opened in 1913 as housing for key employees and mine supervisors of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company, Coal division who worked at the Truesdale Colliery. Each home had seven rooms and rent was $8.00/ month with concrete outhouses built behind each house. They were painted white with dark green trim. The main disadvantage of the concrete city was the dampness caused by moisture rising through the pourous concrete. Everything, including the roof is made of concrete. Each tenant was required to have a garden hose to wash the culm from the walls. Every two years, the coal company made all the necessary repairs and painted the entire town, inside and outside, papering any rooms as requested by the tenants. Only working coal miners were allowed to rent. The Glen Alden Company took possession of the property and did not want to spend $ 200,000.00 installing a sewer system required by the township. Demolition began in Dec. 1924. Glen Alden abandoned the complex, in place, because 100 sticks of dynamite had little impact on one of the buildings. Since then, the "city" has been used by the military, police, and fire departments for training. You can see large caliber hits on some of the walls. It was declared a historical site in 1988. Concrete City school, located close to Concrete City, was a two story red brick building built in 1913 and was also known as the Betsy Ross School and as the Lower Askam School. It housed 300 students. It was razed about 1979.

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Reviewed by
AmandaHeywood

  • 6 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
July 04, 2020
Rated 5.0

Lesson one. Ignore the GPS when it says to turn down the dirt road to the city. Unless you have an ATV, you will not get down that road. The road there is narrow. Park along the road where ever it is safe. People have said there's a sign, I didn't see it. Lesson two, BUG SPRAY! Lesson 3, pack water, then bring more. There are 20 houses over a couple of miles. Also, this is not private property. There were no signs or chains saying to stay out. Just walk down the dirt road and keep looking to your left. We thought we missed it at first, but it's behind the tree line. Definitely don't go alone. The overgrown terrain and isolated area can be dangerous. That said, it was very fun. A lot of awesome graffiti. Some really beautiful.

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Reviewed by
RogerParker

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
July 29, 2015
Rated 5.0

New owners are prosecuting trespassers. 8 friends of mine went up there and all got cuffed and stuffed. Held them in jail cells for a few hours, towed their vehicles. They got fined plus towing and impound charges. Beware.

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Reviewed by
wbainey

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  • 1 Helpful
August 11, 2019

Had a great time exploring all the buildings. Wear comfortable/durable foot wear. We parked at the corner of Mosier ST and Bliss St, from there walked back the dirt road. Take the first left and second right (huge mud puddle there when we went) to access Concert City. Loved this place!

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 28, 2014

Used navigation tool using google maps and ended up in a residential neighborhood the address being a house.

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Reviewed by
kris.schaner

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July 05, 2014

went there for the first time with a group of my friends. we were so amazed by the whole thing. absoutely a great place to visit

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Reviewed by
joshuagarms

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  • 1 Helpful
September 16, 2013

Wear boots. It can get pretty muddy. There are a couple of ways in. Lot of people use the space for paintball.

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Reviewed by
kgeall

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  • 0 Helpful
August 25, 2013

entrance at end of Hughes St

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Reviewed by
Desloge65

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  • 0 Helpful
March 24, 2016

We found the sign on Front Street for the Concrete City, but we could not find the actual buildings. The Prospect Street address is just in a residential neighborhood. If people who know the location could post the GPS coordinates then it might be easier to find.

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Reviewed by
Steph

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February 26, 2015
Rated 5.0

Grew up going to this place, the history and feel of the place never gets old to me, it's truly fascinating. I'm about due for another trip! Some graffiti is done very well too.

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Concrete City

1036 S Prospect St
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
18634 USA

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