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Hanover Township near Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mount Joe Palooka

 
 
Mount Joe Palooka Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 2, 2019
1. Mount Joe Palooka Monument
Inscription.  

Dedicated to
Joe Palooka
Champion of Democracy
Created in Wilkes-Barre
by
Ham Fisher

Ham Fisher (1900-1955), Wilkes-Barre,
created comic strip here Joe Palooka, a world
heavyweight boxing champion. A clean living
role model, Palooka was syndicated in 900
newspapers read daily by 50 million for
54 years, ending in 1984.

During World War II, Palooka joined the Army,
boosted enlistments, raised troop morale and
promoted the sale of war bonds. Fisher was
commended by Presidents Roosevelt and
Truman for supporting the war effort
and national defense.

This monument was restored in 2017
through the joint efforts of the
Home Builders Association of Northeastern
Pennsylvania and retired Wilkes-Barre
businessman Max Bartikowsky.


 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1984.
 
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41° 11.781′ N, 75° 53.351′ W. Marker is near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. It is in Hanover Township. Marker is at the intersection of Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard (Pennsylvania Route 309) and Pine Run Road, on the left when traveling south on Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilkes Barre PA 18706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Huber Coal Breaker (approx. 1.2 miles away); Michael Dziak (approx. 1.2 miles away); Huber Breaker-Anthracite Coal Region Miners Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Third Ward War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named War Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); Father Martin A. Roche (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named War Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Joe Palooka at Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 3, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Ham Fisher Bio at Comiclopedia. (Submitted on June 3, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Ham Fisher Bio at Yesterday's Papers. (Submitted on June 3, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Joe Palooka Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 2, 2019
2. Joe Palooka Marker
Mount Joe Palooka Monument and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 2, 2019
3. Mount Joe Palooka Monument and Marker
Looking NW along PA 309
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 382 times since then and 162 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 3, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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