Saturday, July 26, 2014

My Town

Montrose is a borough in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, United States, 46 miles north by west of Scranton, Pennsylvania. The land is elevated about 1,400* feet above sea level.
Well now this is confusing to me:
*Other sources from my Google search of Montrose elevations!
Elevation: 1578 ft.
Elevation: 1619 ft.
Elevation: 1646 ft.
Elevation: 1663 ft.
Elevation: 1670 ft.
Elevation Range, 1303 - 1686 ft.
Elevation of 1778.22 ft.
Elevation of 1791.54 ft.
Elevation of 1800 ft. in the Endless Mountains region of northeastern PA. 

I live just outside of town proper.  It is an old town and is full of wonderful historic places. The town is really changing now and, personally, I do not like change.  Oh well……

Montrose Historic District is a national historic district located at Montrose, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The district includes 386 contributing buildings and 2 contributing sites in the central business district and surrounding residential areas of Montrose. They were built between about 1812 and 1935, and include textbook examples of Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Italianate, and Gothic Revival style architecture. The district is centered on the Susquehanna County Courthouse Complex. In addition to the Courthouse complex, the Sylvanus Mulford House and Silver Lake Bank are separately listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other notable buildings include the Montrose Fire Department (c. 1860), Montrose Theater (c. 1920), Lyons Building at 13 Public Avenue, Sayre Building (1894), Loomis Building (1893), Masonic Lodge, Phoenix Block (1854), Tarbell Hotel (1914, 1870), William H. Cooper House (1860), Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association (1907), Bridgewater Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Montrose United Methodist Church, and Holy Name of Mary Chapel Catholic Church (1886).

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

My connection to this  old town:
The postcard isn't postmarked, so it is hard to date it. Likely the card is from the 1930s or 1940s - the early years of the Montrose Inn (which opened in 1929). My mom & dad went on their honeymoon there in 1934 and it was the first place I worked at the desk and switchboard when we moved permanently here in 1972. 
The old Montrose Inn is now a bank. 

Come visit! Sometimes it gets really cold and snowy here!
(Don't forget to click on images to view larger!)

Some of these photos came from the Susquehanna County Historical Society.
This is a really nice site to read about the anti slavery movement:


  1. You are the second person tonight who said they don't like change on their blog. I'm not crazy about change, but sometimes, it ends up being better than before....and usually, I don't realize it until much later.....about the time things are going to change again. lol Love the pictures, especially the post card of the, bank.

  2. Now you're talking! I wish more people would write about where they live and the significance of certain spots or buildings. I love this stuff. It's something I have been doing for the last several years instead of taking things for granted. Appreciating what surrounds you what surrounds you. My old bank is now a restaurant.

  3. Oh, I love this post. I really enjoyed hearing about your town. I've only been in Pennsylvania for about 8 years, but when I visit my old neighborhood in Baltimore, it is kind of a disappointment. My old elementary school is a clinic now and the supermarket that we used to shop at has been torn down for years. Some things are still the same, but a lot has changed. Although I must say that sometimes change is good... very good. For instance, I was reading about the anti slavery movement and it's so sad how my ancestors were treated back then. I didn't finish reading because the story was a little long, but I'll have to come back tomorrow and read some more. Oh and thanks for sharing such wonderful memories... :)

  4. What an interesting town you live in! I really enjoyed reading about the history. I'm not fond of change either, but like you said, Oh well! Hope you have a great week!