Blakely is a small borough in Lackawanna County. It is a few miles from Scranton and slightly farther from the city of Wilkes-Barre. The city was named after a Hero of the War of 1812. The Johnston Blakely War memorial contains an anchor from the Destroyer, the USS Blakely. The town has a population of a little over 7,000 people. It is 5 hours from New York and there are many natural sites in the area. Perhaps the most famous is the boulder field at Hickory Run State park. The area has experienced an economic upturn in recent years because of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.
Sports fans can enjoy several local minor league teams. Scranton and Wilkes-Barre host the minor league Yankees, a minor league hockey league plays in the area, and a new professional lacrosse team recently entered the region. Fans who want to go farther abroad can visit Philadelphia or New York to see the major league teams. Philadelphia and New York are only a few hours’ drive away from the town.
Lackawanna County is part of the bituminous coal region in Pennsylvania, and the visitor can also see historical sites such as Eck's Miners' Village. The town is close enough to Scranton and Wilkes-Barre to give a resident easy access to concerts staged in the larger city. It is also far away enough that the residents of the town still enjoy small town life. The local concert center, the Mohegan Sun arena, gives residents a chance to enjoy many bands. The Blakely, Pennsylvania yellow pages can help a visitor find what he is looking for. The Blakely, Pennsylvania business directory gives a visitor a chance to find businesses and restaurants in the area.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan