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Prospects for the formation of a new county called Lackawanna must have seemed doomed.

But a unique development occurred in 1874 as Pennsylvania established a new constitution: this self-serving amendment was omitted, whether intentionally or not.

The first rumblings of secession were heard in the 1830s, some 20 years after Bradford and Susquehanna counties had broken off, due mainly to the impracticalities, not to mention the social regression, of having to travel to Wilkes-Borough to transact official business.When suggestions started floating about that another northern chunk of Luzerne County wanted to break off, the PTB (powers-that-be) of Wilkes-Borough became alarmed, so they developed a two-point scheme.Originally known as Braintrim (see above) and Skinner's Eddy (see below), the area for a couple centuries was a camping grounds for Indians of the Tuscarora tribe.When the Laceyville toll bridge was completed across the Susquehanna in 1899, the fare was five cents for pedestrians and 25 cents for horses.Lackawanna County was now free to call its own shots, and in 1874 did just that: break away from the old county that shamelessly tried to handcuff it.

This same type of shenanigans would occur many years later as the Avoca airport was named backwards by a dubious legislative mechanism initiated in Washington by congressman Dan "Mr. A few decades later, Luzerne County authorities once again managed to diddle with state law and constitutional intentions, overriding the decision of voters by ramming through a hotel tax of dubious legal merit so as to finance an arena, based on the absurd contention that hotels in Hazleton, some 23 miles away, would benefit.

A few dozen American militiamen, outnumbered and hastily assembled against the British, met their maker in quick fashion in 1779.

It took up to 43 years for widows, mostly from the area of Goshen NY, to make the hazardous 46-mile journey to the battlegrounds to retrieve the bones of their husbands. told his family he was going to take a powder, they took him at his word.

Note that Blakely also stems from a War of 1812 source name.

This one's named for Italy's third-largest lake, located in the Lombardy region in the north-central part of the country.

The dates and faces do change, but the service-to-self mindset keeps rolling along, never satisfied with what it has, always insatiable for more.