Forest City

Forest City Borough: A Main Street Town

Main Street, Forest City demonstrates the community’s firm vision for its future and deep appreciation of its past.

The Forest City News, the local weekly newspaper, published since 1887, has published A Pictorial History of Forest City.

Old Home Week is celebrated the first week of August each year. Sponsored by the Forest City Commercial Association, the event features two parades, fireworks, a golf tournament, arts and crafts, and ethnic foods.

The Coal Miner’s Memorial honors three generations of Forest City miners. Community leaders completed the monument in 1996. “We think its the world’s largest memorial to Coal Miners,” says John Kameen, publisher of the Forest City News. In 1889 an outcropping of anthracite coal was opened. Soon the Erie, the Delaware and Hudson and other coal interests began mining. By 1900, 3 coal companies provided jobs for immigrants. Deep mining ended in the area in the 1930’s. Strip mining continued until the 1950s.

Forest City offers many opportunities for hiking, biking, picnicking and sports competition. Two golf courses are located near the borough. Elk Mountain ski resort is nearby. In October, 2500 runners gather in Forest City, the starting point for the Steamtown Marathon.

The D&H trail’s southern trail head is located in Forest City. Following an historic rail bed, the trail heads north through Susquehanna County, ending near the Starrucca Viaduct in Lanesboro. The trail is open year round. Visit NE PA Rails Trails for more information.

Kennedy Park offers both recreational opportunities and cultural events.

Forest City’s Vision 2000 Industrial Park is a 30 acre Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone. This site offers significant tax abatements until 2014.

Ready for development, the park has water, sewer, natural gas, electricity and fiber optic lines in place.