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Wilkes-Barre

Luzerne County,

Pennsylvania

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The Diamond City
Home of the Giant Cow


The Pennsylvania state capital is Harrisburg.


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Zip Codes

18701, 18702, 18704, 18705, 18706, 18711

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Statistics & Facts

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.

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Location

Wilkes-Barre location: in northeastern Pennsylvania south of Scranton

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History & History Related Items

Wilkes-Barre history:

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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Attractions

Wilkes-Barre attractions:

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

Wilkes-Barre economy: 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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