The hills east of Scranton’s downtown are home to one of the most eclectic and historic neighborhoods in America. Scranton’s aptly named Hill Section developed over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, from what was originally rugged terrain and dense forest to a socially diverse enclave. The area’s close proximity to Scranton’s commercial center and unparalleled views of the Lackawanna Valley attracted many of Scranton’s wealthiest and most prominent citizens, including the city’s namesake Scranton family, to build palatial mansions in a myriad of architectural styles on its many hills. Middle-class citizens soon followed suit, building smaller but equally splendid homes alongside their elite neighbors. To serve the Hill Section’s growing population, civic leaders organized religious and community institutions, and local merchants developed commercial enterprises. Ultimately, the Hill Section became home to many well-known educational and medical centers, beautiful parks, and cultural establishments. In the 21st century, the Hill Section is still a thriving community that continues to preserve its heritage. Scranton’s Hill Section tells the story of a distinctive neighborhood full of diverse people whose legacies are the true embodiment of American history.
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