That’s What She Said: A Visit to Scranton, Pennsylvania

I climbed into the passenger seat and pulled out my phone. Daniel and I were on our way to Jersey City from a campground in Central New York. It was Daniel’s turn to drive which meant I was in charge of navigation.

“Check it out!” I said excitedly. “We’re going through Scranton, Pennsylvania today!”

“No! Really?” Daniel asked. “I thought we were driving across New York.”

“Really!” I enthused. “Our route takes us through the northeast corner of Pennsylvania. We’ll be in Scranton at lunchtime.”

“Well we should see where The Office was filmed!” said Daniel.

“Damn skippy!” I agreed. So I did some last-minute research on shooting locations while Daniel drove south.

Scranton Welcomes You! This sign is from the opening credits of The Office

Pennsylvania Paper and Supply Company

As it turns out, the hit television series The Office wasn’t primarily filmed in Pennsylvania. Most of the show was filmed in – big surprise – California. In the series, the Dunder Mifflin Scranton office is located at 1725 Slough Avenue which doesn’t exist.

What does exist in Scranton, however, is the Pennsylvania Paper and Supply Company. Fans flock to the iconic building where, I’m told, the staff have signed photos of themselves posing with the show’s cast.

On this visit, we contented ourselves and with taking photos from the outside.

Pennsylvania Paper and Supply Company
Can you spot the Dunder Mifflin sign?

The Marketplace at Steamtown

The other stop in our whirlwind Scranton tour was at the mall. Several scenes from The Office were shot here, although in the series it was known as The Steamtown Mall.

The mall’s main draw is the Scranton Welcomes You sign from the show’s opening credits. This is located on the second floor.

The building was almost completely deserted during our visit. Many of the businesses were shuttered.

Some of the murals on those closed businesses were pretty nice though.

Photo op with the Scranton Welcomes You sign!
The Marketplace at Steamtown
Scranton – the Electric City!
Another mural at the mall near the Scranton sign

The Old Erie Canal

Daniel and I spent much of the previous day driving along I-90 in upstate New York. The road follows the same route as the Old Erie Canal. Completed in 1825, the 323-mile canal connected Albany and Buffalo and became the main route between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes.

Remnants of locks from the old Erie Canal are visible in the upper right corner
Parked at the Old Erie Canal Heritage Park

Lighthouse Landing Campground

We spent the previous evening at the Lighthouse Landing Campground in Marathon, New York. It wasn’t my favorite campground as the road was bumpy and the parking spots were a bit haphazard. According to Daniel, the men’s bathroom was a horror show filled with enormous spiders. (The women’s room was fine).

But it was located on the Tioughnioga River which was lovely. And, most importantly, it was located halfway between Buffalo and Jersey City. Our stay there was brief.

Lighthouse Landing Campground
A nice view of the river from the Campground
Front office at the Lighthouse Landing Campground

Where are we now?

We are in Scranton, Pennsylvania!

Dates: October 15-16, 2020
Great American Road Trip Status: Days 102 & 103
Total Trip Mileage: 6812.6

Day 102 Starting Location: Hawthorn Suites – Williamsville, NY
Day 102 Ending Location: Lighthouse Landing Campground – Marathon NY
Day 102 Miles Traveled: 222.3

Day 103 Starting Location: Lighthouse Landing Campground – Marathon NY
Day 103 Ending Location: Liberty Harbor RV Park – Jersey City, New Jersey
Day 103 Miles Traveled: 190

For more details on our Great America (Socially Distanced) Road Trip, see my previous posts:

2 thoughts

  1. I have watched every episode. Deeply disappointed to learn that the series was not filmed there…🤣. Never expected it was. However, I am quite sure at least some of Pam and Jim’s wedding was filmed at Niagara Falls, and it made me cry….every time. 😚

    1. Such a great show! A few scenes were filmed there – some scenes at a few local restaurants and parks. We were too much in hurry to track them down tho.

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