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Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

18701, 18702, 18704, 18705, 18706, 18711

The Diamond City
Home of the Giant Cow

Page Contents for Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions



Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.



Statistics & Facts

The Pennsylvania state capital is Harrisburg.
The population of Wilkes-Barre is approximately 53,000 (1990).
The approximate number of families is 21,473 (1990).
Wilkes-Barre is positioned 41.25 degrees north of the equator and 75.88 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Wilkes-Barre elevation is 593 feet above sea level.


in northeastern Pennsylvania south of Scranton
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History & History Related Items

named for John Wilkes and Isaac Barre who were members of the British Parliament. They were Colonial sympathizers. There is a monument to them in the town square. In early years in the mid to late 1700's there was a land struggle called the Yankee-Pennamite Wars. Many of the battles were fought on the River Common area which is now a 35 acre park. Also in this park is the Luzerne County Courthouse which dates from 1901. Other, older, courthouses were located on what is now Public Square.

During the Revolutionary War there were many attacks by Tory and Indian forces because of the importance of the area as a granary. One of the most well-known is called "the Wyoming Massacre." It was here that Indians swept up and down the Wyoming Valley in a series of raids that killed and wounded many.
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Wyoming Historical & Geological Society
49 S Franklin St
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1202
Phone: 717-823-6244
At the museum here see exhibits of Indian artifacts, rocks, minerals, fossils and more. Also see much about the local coal-mining industry.

Wyoming Valley Raceway
22 Tamarac Rd
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-6937
Phone: 717-822-4550
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Economy & Industry

Though once known as a center for anthracite coal mining, the area is now more diversified with cultural, recreational, tourist, manufacturing areas and more.
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Wilkes-Barre City Government

Wilkes-Barre Twp Mayor's
150 Watson St
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-7514
Phone: 717-822-4099

Wilkes-Barre Twp Business Administration
150 Watson St
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-7514
Phone: 717-822-4099

Plain Township Municipal Office
126 N Main St
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705-1506
Phone: 717-829-3439

Hanover Twp Secretary Office
1267 Sans Souci Pkwy
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-1229
Phone: 717-825-1271

Bear Creek Twp Secretary
3502 Bear Creek Blvd
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-9760
Phone: 717-472-3063

Wilkes-Barre Chamber

Chamber of Commerce
2 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1901
Phone: 717-823-2101
Fax: 717-822-5951

Wilkes-Barre Community Events

An Annual Event - the last week each April
Cherry Blossom Festival
River Commons
Wilkes-Barre, PA

An Annual Event - Third Weekend in May
The Fine Arts Fiesta
Thursday through Sunday on the third weekend in May at Public Square
Displays of crafts, painting and sculpture
Musical and dramatic performances throughout the weekend

Late October each year
The Luzerne County Folk Festival
Traditional arts and crafts, entertainment, foods.

Wilkes-Barre Organizations

Chamber of Commerce
2 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1901
Phone: 717-823-2101
Fax: 717-822-5951

Wilkes-Barre Libraries

North Library
235 George Ave
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705-3030
Phone: 717-822-4660

Osterhout Free Library
71 S Franklin St
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1202
Phone: 717-823-0156

Plains Township Library
126 N Main St
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705-1506
Phone: 717-824-1862

South Library
2 Airy St
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-4738
Phone: 717-823-5544

Wilkes-Barre Schools

Hanover Area School District
1600 Sans Souci Pkwy
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-2030
Phone: 717-823-5159

Superintendent Of Schools
730 S Main St
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0376
Phone: 717-826-7101

King's Kids Christian School
489 North Main Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705
Phone: 570-823-9088
King's Kids Christian School offers a quality Christian Education in a warm, friendly atmosphere. The purpose of this school is to provide a solid academic training on a Christian foundation. Our Christian family environment allows for academic, spiritual and character growth. Our small classroom size allows for the student to have easy access to our teachers who are prepared to give each student a thorough scholastic background. Our classrooms are bright and cheerful. KKCS has provided excellent academics in a caring Christian atmosphere since 1990.

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