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. (1890) 4032; (1900) 5396; (1869 foreign-born); (1910)
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. Archbald,
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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