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Some 68 years later, the bones of one of these men was found at Lackawaxen, leading to a memorial for unknown soldiers of the Revolutionary War and spelling a closure to one of the most morbid and heartwrenching episodes to occur militarily on American soil. Laflin built seven powder mills here in 18, and for a time he competed with the powerful du Pont family mill in Dupont. Early maps describe the lake as Jones Pond and/or Jones Lake with the surrounding vicinity named Jonestown.
Here's another of several towns that sprung up around mills, this time a gunpowder mill. In 1851 the local post office took the simple name of Ariel, and it took years for the locals to refer to the entire district as Lake Ariel.
The humble author of this web page suggests that two other explanations are possible: One, that 'Ariel' is also a Hebrew word meaning "Lion of God;" and two, that the schooner USS Ariel played a significant role in pushing back the British at the Battle of Lake Erie, part of the War of 1812.
Of the four explanations mentioned here, the final one appears the strongest at the moment, a point reinforced by the appearance of Ariel Street on Scranton's East Mountain.
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 is the town that wasn't content to let Colver (see above) have all the fun when it came to merging names.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.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.