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Welcome to Duryea, Pennsylvania

Within these pages you will find information and pictures of all kinds pertaining to the History of the Borough of Duryea and the people who settled there right up to the people residing there in the early 1960s. If it relates to Duryea, PA, most likely we have something about it.

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Dates and Events Regarding Our Website

  • Feb 21 2007: Talked with Bernie about making a Duryea Website!
  • Feb 22 2007: Purchased WWW.DuryeaPA.Com Domain Name & Hosting Service!
  • Feb 24 2007: WWW.DuryeaPA.Com went online with 8 Photo Links!
  • Feb 27 2007: WWW.DuryeaPA.Com Updated to 58 Photo Links!
  • Mar 30 2007: Over 6,000 Hits to Date!
  • Apr 30 2007: Over 13,000 Hits to Date!
  • May 1 2007: Over 14,500 Hits and Approximately 1,500 Photo Links!
  • May 31 2007: Added Tribute to Our Duryea Heroes! Excellent Show!
  • July 1 2007: Over 23,000 Hits and Approximately 3,000 Photo Links!
  • Jan 23 2008: Over 38,000 Hits and 5,000 Items! Suffered MAJOR Downtime so we Purchased
    WWW.PADuryea.Com as an Alternate Domain to serve as a backup website in case the first goes down!
  • Feb 22 2008: Our One Year Anniversary! Over 40,000 Hits and Almost 6,000 Items!
  • Jul 30 2008: Over 90,000 Hits to Date & Over 7,000 Items Added Already!
  • Aug 18 2008: Over 100,000 Hits to Date!
  • Nov 1 2008: Over 116,000 Hits to Date & 1,700 New Items Added & Still Going Strong!
  • Jan 20 2009: Over 130,000 Hits to Date on Main Site and Over 35,000 Hits to Backup Site!
  • And Still Many More Items to Add in the Future!

  • This is our backup site to our Original Site at WWW.DuryeaPA.Com so if that site goes down you can view this backup site.

    We are pleased to announce that the Duryea, PA Hometown Webpage is growing very rapidly. Thanks to the writers at the Pittston Sunday Dispatch for their excellent articles about our site and continued support, we are getting lots of visitors and we are still in the early stages of developing the page layout and collecting items from various sources. A very special THANK YOU has to go out to the unselfish people who have already shared these great old Duryea Treasures with our visitors. We are always happy to receive new items so please feel free to Email Me if you have anything you want to share with our visitors.

    Some of the items we will continue posting here include old postcard images of Duryea, Duryea High School Yearbooks, scrapbooks, old school, church and misc. group photos, some great old sports photos, old newspaper articles concerning Duryea, old political items, military items, railroad related items, and much more. We will GLADLY include your items.

    Everyone has to understand that this is the Internet and at times the site will go down for any number of reasons. There can be a natural disaster where the servers are, a fire or flood of any kind can shut a site down, the power can fail in any given area, any number of reasons can cause a website to go down. The hosting companies do their very best to get the site back online as soon as possible and usually all we can do is wait.

    If you try to send us email during this down time, please resend your email at a later date as chances are we will not receive it because the down time also affects the email servers.

    PLEASE, don't panic if this happens and understand that we would not put such huge amounts of time and effort into the website only to abandon it at this point. We are here to stay. We own the Domain Name, the hosting company is paid for annually, so bear with us if something like this happens.

    Because this is the internet and downtime does occur, we are THRILLED to announce that we have now purchased another domain name and hosting contract for the Duryea Website. This new website will server as a backup to the main site and during those times when the main site is down or running slowly, the visitors will still be able to view the site by going to the backup site. PLEASE Bookmark the new site or add it to your favorites so you can easily find it. The backup site is at WWW.PADuryea.Com so please WRITE IT DOWN NOW so you will have the address if you need it!

    www.paduryea.com Article about Bernie Stiroh and the Duryea PA Website

    The April 2007 article from the Scranton Times explaining how the site came about.

    www.paduryea.com Articles in Sunday Dispatch

    A big "Thank You" to Jackie Borthwick and Jack Smiles for their excellent articles
    in the Pittston Sunday Dispatch regarding our website.

    If you have items you want to share with our visitors, please feel free to Email Me or you can mail your photos
    (originals or copies )to:
    Bernard Stiroh
    59 Lakeside Tr
    Kinnelon, NJ 07405

    All photos will be returned promptly. You can also scan your photos and documents and Email Me to send them to us as attachments (.jpg or .jpeg) in an email. This is a great opportunity to get those pre-1960 photos and documents out of the attic and on to the Duryea homepage where they will become a part of Duryea's proud and great history. If it is necessary, we will even come to your place to scan your items.


    Duryea was incorporated as a Boro in 1901, prior to that it was called Marcy Township, after Zebulon Marcy. Zebulon is also credited with being the first European Settler. Duryea's roots go all the way back to the first human inhabitants of the area. Native American tribes lived near the junction of the Lackawanna and Susquehanna Rivers beginning several thousand years ago. An Archealogical dig in the Coxton area recently unearthed artifacts of these early Native American inhabitants.

    The town was named after Hiram Duryea, an official of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company and Civil War General. The railroad owned many of the mines in town. The Lehigh Valley Railroad operated extensive yards in the Coxton section. Prior to being incorporated as a borough in 1901, it had also been known as Babylon after a coal operation. (Some say it was called Babylon because of the various languages spoken by the many European inhabitants by that is not true.)

    Although mostly farm land in the 19th century, coal mining changed the face of Duryea in the late 1890s and early 1900s attracting many eastern European immigrants.

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    Brought to you by:

    Bernie Stiroh
    Nancy Stiroh Davis
    and the generous people of Duryea,PA

    Preserving the past for the future!
    PLEASE NOTE!  The photos and information on these pages are to be used for PERSONAL USE ONLY!  Under no circumstances are they to be included in any "FOR PROFIT!" Venture.  The owners of the original photos retain all copyrights to these photos.  If you wish to use them for profit, you need the permission of the original owner.  If you see a photo here that you own the copyright to and want it removed, Email Me with the details and we will remove it. Since many of these are sent to us, it is hard to verify the information regarding each one. If you have additional information about something on this site, we would love to include it. If you see something that is incorrect, please let us know so we can correct it.

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