The Starrucca Viaduct North Main Street, Lanesboro
The Starrucca Viaduct was constructed for the Erie Railroad and was completed in 1848. It is 1040 feet long, 100 feet high and 25 feet wide at the top. It is the oldest stone railroad bridge in use in the State of Pennsylvania today. From the time of its completion it has sparked the imagination of artists and photographers alike. The nineteenth century painter Jasper Francis Cropsey painted the Viaduct and the picturesque Susquehanna Valley in 1865 ( Starrucca Viaduct, Toledo Museum of Art). Other images of the Viaduct can be found on our Photos page as well as railroad fan sites across the internet.
Follow this link to search the Library of Congress for the HABS/HAER (Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record). Enter the search term “Starrucca Viaduct” to see the HAER record which includes measured drawings, photographs, and facts about the viaduct.
From Scranton and Points South – Follow Route 81 North to Exit 209 (Lenox). Make a left onto Route 106. At the first stop sign make a right onto Route 92 (this is the Viaduct Valley Way). Follow Route 92 into Susquehanna Depot. At the stop sign to Main Street make a right onto Route 171. Follow Main Street/Rte. 171 through Susquehanna into Lanesboro. You will pass under the first of Lanesboro’s viaducts, made of concrete, as you enter the traditional main street of Lanesboro (SR 1009). Continue traveling northward on Main Street (SR 1009). At the Starrucca Creek the road will fork. If you bear right you will travel under the southern-most pier of the Starrucca Viaduct. If you bear to the left and cross the creek, the viaduct will be on your right. The first of second right turns will take you to the Viaduct. Parking is available at Luciana Park beyond the Viaduct on Depot Street.