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ARCHBALD

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 356 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ARCHBALD, a borough of Lackawanna county, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., in the N.E. part of the state, 10 m. N.E. of Scranton. Pop. (189o) 4032; (1900) 5396; (1869 foreign-born); (191o) 7194. It is served by the Delaware & Hudson, and the New York, Ontario & Western railways, and by an interurban electric line. It is about 900 ft. above sea-level; in the vicinity are extensive deposits of anthracite coal, the mining and breaking of which is the principal industry; silk throwing and weaving is another industry of the borough. At Archbald is a large glacial " pot hole," about 20 ft. in diameter and 40 ft. in depth. Arch-bald, named in honour of James Archbald, formerly chief engineer of the Delaware & Hudson railway, was a part of Blakely township (incorporated in 1818) until 1877, when it became a borough.
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