The Steamtown Foundation was deep in debt by 1986. Local officials turned to their highly respected Republican Congressman Joseph McDade to seek a federal solution to the problem. McDade approached Director William Penn Mott of the National Park Service, who had worked with Governor Ronald Reagan in creating the California State Railroad Museum. With this experience, Mott recognized the potential of the Scranton site and promoted the idea in the Park Service. Between McDade and Mott, Congress was convinced to create the Steamtown National Historic Site on October 30, 1986. The validity of the National Historic Site is confirmed every time a train erupts out of Nay Aug Tunnel. (Jim Boyd)
Photograph from Steamtown In Color.