Welcome to Honesdale Borough

Contact Information:
Honesdale Borough
958 Main Street
Honesdale PA 18431
Telephone: 570-253-0731
Fax: 570-253-4624
Email: hdleboro@ptd.net

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Honesdale, originally known as “Dyberry Forks,” was the terminus of the D&H Canal which ran 108 miles to Rondout, New York. It was used to carry coal from the coal fields to the market in New York City, New York. It was laid out as a village in 1826 when the D&H Canal was created. It was incorporated as a borough on January 28, 1831.

Honesdale was named for Philip Hone, the first president of the D&H Canal Company and former Mayor of New York City. The borough was incorporated January 28, 1831.

On August 8, 1829, with engineer Horatio Allen at the throttle, a locomotive purchased from England and called the “Stourbridge Lion” became the first locomotive to turn a wheel on a commercial track in the western hemisphere. It ran three miles to Seelyville and returned. A working full-sized model of the Lion was built in 1932 for the Chicago Century of Progress and is currently on display at the Wayne County Historical Society in Honesdale. The Stourbridge Lion was regrettably considered too heavy for further use. D&H transported anthracite coal from mines near Carbondale to New York City via Honesdale and Kingston, NY. Coal was moved by a unique gravity railroad from the mines to Honesdale where it was transferred to barges and transported via a 108-mile canal to Kingston, New York, then shipped by river barges down the Hudson River to New York City.

Honesdale is located at Coordinates: 41°34?27?N 75°15?21?W (41.574214, -75.255966)

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10 km2), of which, 3.9 square miles (10 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (2.5%) is water of the Lackawaxen River, through the heart of the town, and its confluence with Dyberry Creek. The waters contain fish and other aquatic life and attract hundreds of ducks, as well as eagles and other raptors.










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