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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where are we now?
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:
- Days 96-101: Sidelined by Illness in Buffalo
- Day 95: Niagra Falls on a Rainy Day
- Day 94: The Great Lakes Challenge
- Days 90-93: Cuyahoga Valley National Park: A River on Fire
- Day 89: The Pandemic Dilemma: Traveling across America during COVID-19
- Our Vagabonding Anniversary: A One-Year Retrospective