History/General Info

The Nicholson Heritage Association was established in 1989 as a non-profit organization in anticipation of the 75th anniversary of the construction completion of the Tunkhannock Viaduct, also known as the Nicholson Bridge. The first meeting took place on June 28, 1989, in which a board of directors and a code of bylaws were established. The first officers elected were Mark Novitch, Chair; Richard Lochen, Jr, Treasurer; and Cathy Smith, Secretary. At the second meeting on July 12, 1989, Curtis Stevens was elected as Vice Chair and the Association was incorporated with the help of Attorney Sandra Boyle. Although there initially were no funds available, the Nicholson Heritage Association worked hard to sell souvenirs and pictures in order to fund the 75th celebration that took place in 1990.

Reverend Garford Williams was in the process of writing a book on Nicholson and offered to donate the book if the Association funded the taking of pictures and printing of the book. After publication of the book, NICHOLSON: the First Station on the Lackawanna Railroad, the Association gave 50 copies to Reverend Williams for his personal use.

In the spring of 1990, the Association started a Pride in Nicholson (PIN) campaign. Several members cleaned along the railroad by the viaduct as Steamtown conducted excursions through Nicholson, Pennsylvania each weekend. Curb sites and the foot bridge in town were painted by members and flowers donated by David Schmidt were planted underneath the Nicholson Bridge. There was a television program that featured Reverend Garford Williams and the Philadelphia Inquirer gave the Association full page publicity.

The Nicholson Heritage Association met monthly until the summer of 1990, thereafter, met weekly to plan the October 5, 6, 7 celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Nicholson Bridge which was a total success. The following diligently worked on the 75th celebration in 1990: Jack Ainey, Irvin Aten, David Baker, Margaret Baker, George Barbolish, Sandra Boyle, June Bush, Tom Campbell, Albert Cole, Shirley Cole, Diana Decker, Roger Decker, Dorothy Gentile, Ruth Hinkley, John Latschar, Alice Lengel, Rick Lochen, Elna Nordahl, Roxanne Nordahl, Cinda Novitch, Mark Novitch, Lisa Novitch, Romayne Price, Hugh Saxton, Cathy Smith, Curt Stevens, Cynthia Stevens, Marion Sweet, Garford Williams and Louise Williams.

The Nicholson Heritage Association has and continues to sell Nicholson and Nicholson Bridge photos and souvenirs at local Nicholson merchants. In addition, we ship certain items to you directly, please visit Souvenirs for more information.