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Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
The Quality Tomato Capital of the World
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"Pittston was once known as Pittstown, in honor of Sir William Pitt, the same Pitt as in Pittsburgh. Prior to the American Revolution, settlements along the Susquehanna were considered part of the western frontier and were often the victims of scattered Indian attacks. Frequently these attacks were encouraged by Spanish and French agents eager to intimidate English-born settlers.
Pitt was the first to convince England to commit enough resources to repel the Spanish and French, and his efforts led to enormous popularity in the colonies.
An important river ferry point during the Revolution, Pittstown later became Pittston Ferry, until eventually the ferry and the name were dropped. Many ferries plowed the Susquehanna and Delaware in Pennsylvania's early days, leaving us names like Dingmans' Ferry on the Delaware, Fisher's Ferry near Selinsgrove, and McCall's Ferry south of Lancaster. And Harrisburg, remember, was once called Harris' Ferry."
(from Name Origins of Northeast PA Towns by Mike O'Hara)
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Pittston Tomato Festival
Held each year in August, including a parade, 5K run, games, tomato fights and more. The festival celebrates the heritage of the city in cultivating the tomato leading to the city nickname of Quality Tomato Capital of the World.
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Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 4,029
2000 - 3,902
Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 3,686
2009 - $ 17,491
Median House Value:
2000 - $ 74,900
2009 - $ 91,587
Pittston is located in the Eastern Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.