Gilbert S. McClintock (1886-1959) was a prominent Wilkes-Barre attorney and collector of books on the history of the Wyoming Valley and Pennsylvania. When he passed away, the E.S. Farley Library became the steward of this great local history research collection.
Books About the Greater Wyoming Valley Area and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
The following books on the greater Wyoming Valley area and Wilkes-Barre can be found on the second and third floors of the E.S. Farley Library. Additional books can be found by using Summon on the Research Databases tab of this guide.
History of the North Branch Canal in Pennsylvania's anthracite coal fields. The Canal was an important part of the transportation of coal from Pennsylvania to New York, although it fought a long and frustrating battle against the Susquehanna River and the new technology of the railroads.
Most trolley lines lived in relative obscurity and enjoyed a few years of prosperity, followed by decline and abandonment in the face of bus and automotive competition. A relative handful managed to survive until the post-World War II years and thus have attracted greater attention. Among them was the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railroad. The Laurel Line, as it was most commonly known, was unusual in several respects: It was built to higher-than-normal standards for electric short line railroads; it operated mostly with a third rail power system; it ran exclusively on private rights-of-way; and it served a geographically narrow region whose economy was heavily dependent on one industry - coal. The Laurel Line's corporate records survived, and authors Henwood and Muncie made the most of this historical treasure. In the book, the railroad emerges in human terms of strife, struggle, victory and defeat. The reader learns not only what happened, but why, and who made it happen.