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By William Fischer, Jr., September 11, 2017
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Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Dallas — College Misericordia
The Sisters of Mercy established Luzerne County's first four-year institution of higher learning on nearly 100 acres of land on this site, purchased on behalf of the Sisters in 1914.

On August 14, 1924, 2,500 people witnessed the dedication of . . . — Map (db m108343) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Dupont — War and Veterans Memorial

Let us hold in honored memory those men and women of Dupont who served our country in all wars ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Let none forget they gave their all and faltered not when came the call . . . — Map (db m124157) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Exeter — Battle of Wyoming — July 3, 1778
The British battle line was formed almost parallel with and a little north of this street by Major John Butler, the commander, and Sayenqueraghta, chief of the Senecas. After advancing in formation for a mile to about 100 yards south of the British . . . — Map (db m56393) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Exeter — Captain Ann Bernatitus — In Memory of Exeter Native

The first recipient of the Legion of Merit Medal for her service in the Navy during WWII — Map (db m124146) HM WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Exeter — War Memorial

In grateful recognition of valor dedicated to the honor and memory of our men and women of Exeter, Boro. who served our country in all wars — Map (db m124149) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Exeter — War Memorial

Let us hold in honored memory those men and women from Exeter, Pa. who gave the supreme sacrifice for their country in all wars

In memory of those who gave their lives in all wars Dominick Carabino • Michael Esposito • . . . — Map (db m124152) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Forty Fort — Denison House
Built in 1790, home of Col. Nathan Denison, Revolutionary Officer and Luzerne County Judge. — Map (db m18893) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Forty Fort — Forty Fort
Named for the forty Connecticut settlers of 1769. Begun in 1770. The Wyoming Massacre followed its surrender to Maj. Butler's force of British, Tories, and Indians, July 4, 1779. — Map (db m18850) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Forty Fort — Forty Fort Cemetery Lost Graves Memorial

On the afternoon of Friday June 23, 1972 the Susquehanna River

swollen by flood waters of unprecedented height broke through the dike at a point 120 yards south of this site.

The swirling water gouged a four acre chasm out . . . — Map (db m105296) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Forty Fort — Forty Fort Meeting House

This church was erected in the year 1804

It was restored in 1922 by the Luzerne County Committee of the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America . . . — Map (db m105278) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Forty Fort — James Bird

Son of John and Rebecca Montanye Bird Born Dec. 20, 1785

Served with great distinction in the Battle of Lake Erie. For leaving his command later to join army at New Orleans, was condemned, shot and buried at Erie, Nov. 10, 1814, but his . . . — Map (db m105310) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Forty Fort — War Memorial

Dedicated to the men and women of Forty Fort, who served their country in all wars.

[Dedicated] May 30, 1984 — Map (db m105276) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Forty Fort — Wyoming Seminary Presidents' Lost Graves Memorial

This monument erected by Wyoming Seminary in memory of four presidents of the school whose grave sites were lost in the flood of June 23, 1972

Rev. Reuben Nelson President 1844 - 1862 1863 - 1872

Rev. Young C. Smith . . . — Map (db m105302) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Freeland — Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church
The first Slovak Evangelical Lutheran congregation in the Western Hemisphere was organized mainly by Michael Zemany, pioneer Slovak Lutheran. The first service was conducted on February 22, 1883. Present church building, remodeled later, was erected . . . — Map (db m44189) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Harvey's Lake — Harvey's Lake
One of Pennsylvania’s major recreational lakes. Benjamin Harvey encountered it in 1781. By the early 1900s it was a famous resort, reached by train and trolley. Its largest hotel, the Oneonta, was built in 1898 and burned in 1919. An amusement park . . . — Map (db m46283) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Hazleton — 443rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion Memorial

World War II 1942 - 1945

9 Campaigns • 3 Invasions 1942 — 1945

North Africa Sicily • Italy France • Germany Austria

Korean War 1950 - 1953 . . . — Map (db m118959) HM WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Hazleton — Christopher Columbus

Daring and fearless Genoese Navigator who with unwavering faith in God discovered a New World for Free Men October 12, 1492 — Map (db m119005) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Hazleton — Civil War Memorial

A tribute to the Heroes who saved the nation in the War for the Union 1861 — 1865

A memorial unto all generations.

Erected by the People of Hazleton and Vicinity Sept. 25, A. D. 1885, and of Independence, . . . — Map (db m118994) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Hazleton — Civil War Memorial

In memory of "Our Fathers" who served from 1861 — 65

by the Pennsylvania Department Daughters of Union Veterans

Dedicated June 17, 1940 ————————— We . . . — Map (db m119003) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Hazleton — Honor Roll of St. Joseph’s Parish — 1917 — 1918
Honor Roll of St. Joseph’s Parish Rev. Leo Kroner, Pastor ——————— Killed in Action *Salvick, John J.      *Saferanko, Andrew ——————— Kashak, J.J. . . . — Map (db m44128) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Hazleton — Lattimer Massacre
Near here at Harwood, on Sept. 10, 1897, immigrant coal miners on strike began a march for higher wages and equal rights. Unarmed, they were fired upon at Lattimer by sheriff's deputies. Nineteen marchers--Polish, Slovak, and Lithuanian--were . . . — Map (db m32151) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Hazleton — Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Hazleton Pennsylvania First and only Tyrolean Roman Catholic congregation established in the United States. Founded October 7, 1905 by Rev. Lewis Luchi. — Map (db m87511) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Hazleton — 1970 — St. Joseph's Church
Organized in 1882 by the Rev. Ignatius Jascovich, pioneer Slovak Catholic priest, St. Joseph's is the oldest Slovak Roman Catholic parish in the Western Hemisphere. — Map (db m44131) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Hazleton — War Memorial

In honor of the Men and Women who served in the Armed Forces

W W I 1917 • 1918

W W II 1941 • 1945

Korea 1950 • 1955

Vietnam 1964 • 1975

This memorial gifted to the City of Hazleton and Veterans of All . . . — Map (db m118953) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Hazleton — War Memorial

In Memoriam To All War Dead — Map (db m118955) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Hazleton — War Memorial

Mountain City Lions Club Centennial Tree Honoring Veterans of All Wars ———————————— Another Mountain City Lions Project — Map (db m118990) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Hazleton — World War Memorial

In memory of the Men and Women of the Greater Hazleton Area who served in the Armed Forces of this nation during the World War of 1917-1918 — Map (db m118961) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Kingston — 109th Field Artillery Battalion Memorial

(front)

This battery of four three inch guns is placed here in loving memory of the thirty-three men of the 109th Field Artillery BN, mustered into federal service 5 September 1950, killed in the wreck . . . — Map (db m117045) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Kingston — A Formal Promenade Across the River — Wyoming Valley Levee System

"The bridges have symbolized man's battle for commerce, growing and enlarging, always moving forward." Constance Reynolds, "The Market Street Bridges at Wilkes-Barre, PA," lecture before the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society, . . . — Map (db m117155) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Kingston — Agnes Flood High Water Mark — June 24, 1972

[title is text] — Map (db m105268) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Kingston — Bridging Two Cities — Wyoming Valley Levee System

"It will save to the citizens tens of thousands of dollars that have heretofore been annually lost through interruption of communications by high water, and by removing provocation to profanity will make it much easier for sundry people to . . . — Map (db m117138) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Kingston — Henry M. Hoyt
Was born on this site in 1830. Governor of Pennsylvania, 1879-83; first to serve four years under the State Constitution of 1873. Advocated correctional institutions for care of youthful offenders. Died in 1892. — Map (db m68777) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Kingston — Trailing Along — Wyoming Valley Levee System

"And when I had asked the name of the river from the brakeman, and heard that it was called Susquehanna, the beauty of the name seemed to be part and parcel of the beauty of the land." Robert Louis Stevenson, Across the Plains, . . . — Map (db m117137) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Kingston — Trailing Along — Wyoming Valley Levee System

"And when I had asked the name of the river from the brakeman, and heard that it was called Susquehanna, the beauty of the name seemed to be part and parcel of the beauty of the land." Robert Louis Stevenson, Across the Plains, . . . — Map (db m117162) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Kingston — War Memorial

"This book of history stands as a symbol dedicated to the men and women of Kingston, Pennsylvania, who so honorably served our country to keep our nation free."

Veterans of World War I World War II Korea Vietnam Persian . . . — Map (db m105271) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Kingston — War Memorial

Dedicated to the men and women who served in all wars

[Dedicated] Oct. 8, 1989 — Map (db m105274) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Kingston — War Memorial — Kingston, Pennsylvania

In memory of those who gave their lives in the service of their country in World War II.

Lt. Joseph G. Azat 0-820195 Mar. 27, 1927—Oct. 5, 1944 14th and 10th Air Force 312th Wing 33rd Ftr. Grp. 58th Ftr. Sqd.

In . . . — Map (db m117141) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Kingston — What on Earth is a Levee? — Wyoming Valley Levee System

"And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it." Matthew 7:27

Some know them as levees and others call them dikes, but the large embankments . . . — Map (db m117139) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Kingston — What on Earth is a Levee? — Wyoming Valley Levee System

"And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it." Matthew 7:27

Some know them as levees and others call them dikes, but the large embankments . . . — Map (db m117161) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Koonsville — Warriors Path
This Indian path intersects here. It led from the Great Island (Lock Haven) past the Indian town of Muncy, and then it followed the gap between these mountains to join the Great Warriors Path at Shickshinny. This path was used by Count Zinzendorf in . . . — Map (db m90614) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Laflin — Veterans Memorial

"This memorial is dedicated to all who served for the glory of God and Country from Laflin Borough" — Map (db m123820) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Laflin — War Memorial

This plaque honors the veterans who risked their lives in the line of battle. Their patriotism will never be forgotten.

Dedicated by Sean Thomas, Troop 43 — Map (db m123821) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Lattimer — Lattimer Massacre
Here on September 10, 1897, nearly 400 immigrant coal miners on strike were met and fired upon by sheriff's deputies. Unarmed, they were marching from Harwood to Lattimer in support of higher wages and more equitable working conditions. Nineteen of . . . — Map (db m44043) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Lattimer — Lattimer Massacre — September 10, 1897
"It was not a battle because they were not aggressive, nor were they on the defensive because they had no weapons of any kind and were simply shot down like so many worthless objects; each of the licensed life takers trying to outdo the others in . . . — Map (db m44136) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Mocanaqua — Mocanaqua

Founded as a coal-company town around 1882 by the West End Coal Company. Named for Frances Slocum, a girl from Wilkes-Barre, who was kidnapped by Indians after the Battle of Wyoming in 1778. — Map (db m116501) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Mocanaqua — War Memorial

This memorial is dedicated to our valiant comrades who died on the field of battle and to all who served the flag of the United States of America in all its wars.

Rest comrades! Rest and sleep, the thoughts of men . . . — Map (db m116502) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Mountain Top — Lehigh Path
Until about 1800, a Native American footpath passed through here. It was one of several linking Indian villages in the Delaware and Susquehanna River drainage systems. This path originated at the Forks of the Delaware River (near Easton) and . . . — Map (db m44060) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Nanticoke — Coal Miners Memorial Monument

A special tribute to the anthracite coal miners, to whom our nation and its people owe a debt of gratitude for their courage, strength, and bravery, which have enriched the lives of everyone.

This memorial is an eternal testament of our . . . — Map (db m105138) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Nanticoke — Concrete City
Notable for early use of International Style architectural concepts in creating “model” industrial housing. Located Ό - mile north of here. The homes, built by the D L & W Railroad's Coal Division for forty Truesdale Colliery employees, . . . — Map (db m68698) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Nanticoke — Nanticoke

Named for Nanticoke Indians from Maryland, who settled here about 1750. Adopted in 1753 by the Six Nations, they settled at Chenango, near Birmhampton, N,.Y., to guard the "Southern Door" of the Confederacy. — Map (db m105124) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Nanticoke — Pete Gray Wyshner — (1915-2002)
The only one-armed man to play major league baseball. Born and resided in Nanticoke’s Hanover section. As a child, he lost his right arm in an accident. Named Most Valuable Player of the Southern Assn. while playing for the Memphis Chicks in 1944. . . . — Map (db m68720) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Nanticoke — Veterans Memorial
. . . — Map (db m105136) WM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Nanticoke — Vietnam War Memorial

In Honor of All Who Served

Dedicated to Stanley B. Hojnowski • Leonard Skoniecki Jr. Walter M. Novak • Thomas Zaremba

who gave their lives defending freedom

[Dedicated] Nov. 1989 — Map (db m105125) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Nanticoke — War Memorial

In Memoriam

World War I

World War II Louis J. Bieda • Benjamin Blaskowski Leonard Blaskowski • Michael K. Buczkowski Leonard S. Chesko • John A. Gerasymowicz Leon Gonshor • Roman Kroszkiewicz Alfred Labenski M.D. • Narcis . . . — Map (db m105108) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Nanticoke — War Memorial

Dedicated to the men and women of The Community of Nanticoke who devotedly served their country in American wars — Map (db m105134) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Nescopeck — Nescopeck
From the mouth of Nescopeck Creek an Indian path went east over the mountains by the way of present day Hazelton to the Lehigh near Mauch Chunk; then to "the Forks of the Delaware" at Easton. — Map (db m89699) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Nescopeck — Peter F. Rothermel
The noted painter was born in Nescopeck on July 8, 1812. His huge masterpiece, "Battle of Gettysburg," ordered by the State Legislature, is on display at the William Penn Memorial Museum, Harrisburg. — Map (db m89700) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Pittston — Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins
In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1938 that, in cases between citizens of different states, federal courts must apply state common law, not federal "general common law." Under Pennsylvania common law, Harry Tompkins of . . . — Map (db m45901) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Pittston — Pittston Fort
Erection begun 1722, by Connecticut proprietors. Forced to surrender to the British, July 4, 1778, and partially destroyed. Restored 1780, and used until after the end of the Revolutionary War. — Map (db m10507) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Pittston — Pittston Fort
This Stone marks the southern side of Pittston Fort here in June and July 1778, gathered four hundred fugitives for protection against British and Indian foes. Capt. Jeremiah Blanchard and Lieut. Timothy Keyes in commnd. Erected by Dial . . . — Map (db m56394) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Pittston — Twin Shaft Disaster
On June 28, 1896, fifty-eight men were killed in a massive cave-in of rock and coal here, in the Newton Coal Company's Twin Shaft Colliery. An investigative commission, appointed by the Governor, reported on Sept. 25. Although its safety . . . — Map (db m10470) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Pittston — Workers in Greater Pittston's Garment Industry
From the 1930s to the 1980s Pittston emerged as a national center for clothing manufacturing. Thousands of workers, mainly women, labored in many factories throughout the Greater Pittston area. Most were members of the International Ladies’ Garment . . . — Map (db m10469) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Plains — Edward A. Walsh (1881 - 1959)
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1946. As a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, "Big Ed" Walsh averaged 24 victories a year during a seven-year span, 1906-12. He twice pitched over 400 innings in a single season. In 1908, he won 40 games, . . . — Map (db m46228) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Plains — Veterans Memorial

Dedicated to all the men and women of Plains Township who honorably served their country

[Dedicated] November 11, 2015 — Map (db m123866) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Plymouth — 28th Infantry Division Memorial — U.S. Army's Oldest — Established 1879

[Title is text] — Map (db m105180) HM WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Plymouth — Abijah Smith & Company
Established 1807 by Abijah Smith, who had bought 75 acres here on Ransom Creek and was later joined by his brother John. Their shipments of coal by ark down the Susquehanna, begun in 1807, continued for 20 years. This company was, in 1818, the first . . . — Map (db m68746) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Plymouth — Agnes Flood Line — June 23, 1972

[Title is text] — Map (db m105222) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Plymouth — Arthur Horace James (1883-1973)
Prominent Pennsylvania Republican politician and public official. Elected Luzerne County District Attorney, 1919-1926; Lieutenant Governor, 1927-1931; and Governor, 1939-1943. Served as a Judge on the Superior Court of the Commonwealth, 1933-1938, . . . — Map (db m19093) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Plymouth — Avondale Mine Disaster
On September 6, 1869, a fire broke out at the nearby Avondale Colliery, trapping the miners. The eventual death toll was 110. This included five boys between the ages of twelve and seventeen, and two volunteers who were suffocated while attempting . . . — Map (db m68737) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Plymouth — Coal Miners Memorial — Anthracite Region

Dedicated to All Coal Miners

In Memoriam

Nature bestowed Pennsylvania with deposits of Anthracite coal which contains the highest percentage of fixed carbon. The coal fields approximately 600 square miles from Susquehanna and Wayne . . . — Map (db m105225) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Plymouth — Gulf War Memorial

Dedicated to all Gulf War Veterans

For a soldiers love and dedication is more than their name in stone

Sgt. Sherwood R. Baker Apr. 26. 2004 — Map (db m105221) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Plymouth — Sephaniah Reese (1866-1944)
Automobile pioneer, best known for building a 3-wheel, 1-cylinder vehicle here, 1887-88, and operating it on Plymouth's streets. His machine shop, incorporated 1888, was an early bicycle maker; the firm was located here for over 80 years. — Map (db m19094) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Plymouth — Sergeant Sherwood Baker — In Memory of — Headquarters Battery - 1st Battalion - 109th Field Artillery

[Title is text] — Map (db m105185) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Plymouth — Shawnee Fort
Designated in 1776 by the Continental Congress as one of a series of forts protecting American colonists from attack during the Revolutionary War. Defended Connecticut settlers from those with competing claims on Wyoming Valley lands. Garrison post . . . — Map (db m68776) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Plymouth — Vietnam War Memorial

In memory of our Vietnam Veterans Plymouth Pa. who gave their lives for our country

David Lee • Edison Phillips Leonard T. Bish • Joseph Sinkewicz Sterling K. Coates • Frank A. Glowiak Daniel A. Witko . . . — Map (db m105183) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Plymouth — War Memorial

In honor and memory of all who have served in our nation's conflicts and wars

[Dedicated] Sept. 12, 1965 — Map (db m105186) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Plymouth — World War I Memorial

Erected by the Grateful Citizens of the Borough and Township of Plymouth in honor of the Sons and Daughters who served in the World War 1914-1919

Heroic Dead John H. Ballamy • Edward C. Bonawitz • Benjamin T. Boyce Patrick F. . . . — Map (db m105174) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Port Griffith — Knox Mine Disaster
On January 22, 1959, twelve men died in a tragic accident at the River Slope Mine near this site. The mine had been illegally excavated beneath the Susquehanna River at the direction of the Knox Coal Company. When the force of the ice-laden river . . . — Map (db m10468) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Shickshinny — Shickshinny

Indian word for "Place where five mountains meet." These mountains are River, Lee, Rocky, Knob and Newport. Laid out in 1857 and incorporated as a borough in 1861, Shickshinny was a major stop on the North Branch Canal that was built in 1828 . . . — Map (db m116504) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Shickshinny — Union Access

Union Township of Luzerne County, formed in July 1813, originally was part of Huntington Township. It borders on the Susquehanna River and two creeks from River Mountain. Sawmills were established in 1790 in the northwest corner by . . . — Map (db m119287) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Shickshinny — World Wars Memorial

In honor of all those who served from Shickshinny and Vicinity in World Wars I and II

Soldier rest! The warfare o'er dream of fighting fields no more. Sleep the sleep that knows no breaking, morn of toil, . . . — Map (db m116517) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Slocum Township — World War II Memorial — Slocum Township — 1941 - 1945

Dedicated to the memory of our youth who served in World War II

[Died in Service] Robert Myers • Franklin Kaminski

[Honor Roll of Veterans not transcribed] — Map (db m105067) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Sugarloaf — Sugarloaf Massacre
After an unsuccessful attack on Fort Augusta, Indians and Tories surprise a detachment of Northumberland Co. militia on Sept. 11, 1780. The site of the massacre is just beyond the town. — Map (db m44057) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Sugarloaf — The Sugarloaf Massacre
Near this spot occurred The Sugarloaf Massacre On September 11, 1780 a detachment of Captain John van Etten's Company, Northampton County Militia, resting at the spring was surprised by a band of Indians and Tories led by the Senece Chief . . . — Map (db m93465) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wapwallopen — Wapwallopen
Name of the former Indian town near the mouth of the Wapwallopen Creek. Indian trails connecting old Wyoming, the "Warrior's Path," and the Juniata and West Branch Susquehanna valleys intersected here. — Map (db m89698) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Weatherly — Eckley Miners' Village
Founded in 1854 as Fillmore, it was renamed for noted mining engineer Eckley Coxe. It was built to house anthracite coal miners and their families, many European immigrants. Coal patch towns like Eckley were common in northeast Pa. in the late 1800s . . . — Map (db m89664) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), West Hazleton — War Memorial — Gone But Not Forgotten

Lest We Forget Their Service Their Suffering Their Sacrifice

[Honored Dead and Honor Roll of Veterans] — Map (db m118945) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), West Pittston — Jenkins Fort
This stone marks the site of "Jenkins Fort" One of the Revolutionary defenses of Wyoming against the invasion of the British, Indians, and Tories. Constructed - 1776 - Burned - 1778. Erected by Dial Rock Chapter Daughters of the American . . . — Map (db m10513) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), West Pittston — Jenkins' Fort
Stockaded home of John Jenkins. Built by Connecticut settlers, 1776. Surrendered to the British under Maj. John Butler, July 1, 1778, and was burned. — Map (db m10512) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), West Pittston — Veterans Memorial

Dedicated to all who have served this community and their country — Map (db m124154) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), West Pittston — World War Memorial

Erected by the Borough of West Pittston in honor of her dead Soldiers Sailors and Marines — Map (db m124156) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), White Haven — Exploring The Corridor — 1828-1932
“Our residents take pride and partner in their heritage—they understand the meaning of what we have and act to preserve it” Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and State Heritage Park, Management Action . . . — Map (db m114641) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), White Haven — River Ran Black
"Trees one after another were… constantly heard falling. In a century, the noble forests around should exist no more.” John J. Audubon Naturalist In the woods next to the river are the ruins of the Lehigh . . . — Map (db m114628) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), White Haven — Thank Josiah White
"Whitehaven is situated at the head of the Lehigh Navigation, and some eight or ten miles above the commencement of the coal formation. Its trade is therefore confined to the running of lumber; and this, judging from the number of sawmills in the . . . — Map (db m114617) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), White Haven — White Haven
Named for Josiah White (1781-1850) whose Lehigh Navigation system was vital to coal and lumber transport. This was the northern limit, 1837-1862, of the two-way navigation from Easton. Here it met White's 20-mile railroad to Wilkes-Barre with its . . . — Map (db m114627) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — 109th Field Artillery Battalion

Dedicated to the men killed at Coshocton, Ohio Sept. 11, 1950

[Honored Dead] Carl W. Armbruster • Leonard Balonis • John L. Barna Eugene Carr • John W. Cox • William R. Disbrow William J. Dougherty • William C. Edwards • Hugh . . . — Map (db m110473) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — 4th-5th-7th-8th Wards WWII Honor Roll

This tree is a living memorial to those who made the supreme sacrifice in World War II

William F. Dreisbach • Edward Mason Frank Ellman • Leo Pappas Oscar H. Schaefer • Douglas Nesbitt Peter W. Lynch • John W. Fleckno Robert . . . — Map (db m117027) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — All for the View

"A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure. It offers a necessity of life that must be rationed among those who have power over it." Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

Tethered livestock grazed along the River Common established . . . — Map (db m110496) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Amedeo Obici (1877-1947)
Founded Planters Peanut Company in 1906 with fellow Italian immigrant Mario Peruzzi. Arriving in America at twelve, speaking no English, Obici worked at a local fruit store before opening his own peanut cart. An entrepreneur, he invented new peanut . . . — Map (db m19047) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — American Institute of Mining Engineers
Organization founded in 1871 by 22 mining professionals to promote safety, education and technology in mining. One of the first national engineering societies in the US, the institute and it's 150,000 + members honor the group's legacy by providing . . . — Map (db m94670) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — America's First Jazz Festival — Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania — February 23, 1951

On February 23, 1951 history was made in Wilkes-Barre. Eight jazz bands got together for "The Cavalcade of Dixieland Jazz" which became the country's first Jazz Festival. On this occasion April 29, 1994 the City of Wilkes-Barre acknowledges and . . . — Map (db m117087) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Baltimore Mine Tunnel Disaster
Near here, on June 5, 1919, an explosion and fire in the Baltimore Mine Tunnel killed 92 and injured 60 when a fallen trolley wire contacted a cart carrying miners and kegs of blasting powder. One of the deadliest industrial disasters in Pa. . . . — Map (db m90613) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Birthplace of the AIME — 125th Anniversary of AIME — 1871 • 1996

On May 16, 1871, eight men from Wilkes-Barre, 11 other Pennsylvanians, and three New Yorkers - all professional mining and metallurgical engineers - gathered in Wilkes-Barre to discuss "two great objectives: First, the more economical . . . — Map (db m117088) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Center of Law, Politics and Power

"The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government." George Washington, 1789

You can't have a county without a county seat. In 1786 Luzerne County formed from Northumberland County. Wilkes-Barre, a place of early . . . — Map (db m110482) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Christopher Columbus — 1451 • 1506

Donated by Sons of Italy in America Francesco Ferruccio Lodge #1397 to the Citizens of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Commemorating the Quincentennial — Map (db m117054) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Connecticut Settlement
The first Connecticut settlement on their Susquehanna Purchase, 1762. Following its destruction by Indians on Oct. 15, 1763, no further settlements were made until 1769. — Map (db m19052) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Daniel J. Flood — (1903-1994)
US Congressman from Pa. 11th District, 1944 to 1980. His seniority on the House Appropriations Committee and knowledge of the legislative process enabled him to play a key role establishing national programs such as Medicare, Appalachian urban . . . — Map (db m67546) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Early Settlers and War Veterans Memorial
This monument erected by the City of Wilkes-Barre and dedicated to the memory of its early settlers and war veterans whose grave sites remain unmarked as a result of deterioration and the passage of time. Walter W. Lisman, Mayor — Map (db m90611) HM WM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Ellen Webster Palmer — The Friend of the Working Boy

"Life is a tool to work with, not a toy to play with." — Map (db m110437) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Ellen Webster Palmer — (1839-1918)

"Every boy represents a human soul; a character forming for eternity. The life for the next few years will decide his future... Many a man who beats his life out behind prison bars is a victim of misdirected energy. Truly, the wealth of a . . . — Map (db m110495) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — F.M. Kirby & Co. Store

The F.M. Kirby & Co. Store, founded in Wilkes-Barre on September 10, 1884, and later known as Woolworth's, occupied this site until 1993.

F.M. Kirby helped to pioneer the "Five and Dime," one of the great innovations in American . . . — Map (db m117136) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Fort Durkee
First fort built by the Connecticut settlers; Begun in April 1796. Used during the first Pennamite War against Pennsylvania authorities. 1769-71. It stood 1000 feet from Ft. Wyoming. — Map (db m18591) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Fort Wilkes Barre 1778
This monument was erected by the Wyoming Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution assisted by the Sons of the Revolution to mark the spot where Fort Wilkes-Barre stood in 1778 at the time of the Wyoming Massacre. The fort was . . . — Map (db m68786) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Fort Wyoming
Built by Pennsylvania, 1771; seized by Connecticut settlers. Rebuilt 1778. Mobilization camp for Sullivan's army, 1779. Destroyed 1784, after withdrawal of the Continental and Pennsylvania garrisons. — Map (db m18650) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Franz Kline (1910 - 1962)
This Abstract Expressionist painter, born in Wilkes-Barre, helped establish the international reputation of American artists in the 1950's. Kline's "Action Painting" is noted for bold, emotionally charged brushstrokes and non-representational . . . — Map (db m18624) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Fred Morgan Kirby — (1861-1940)
Pioneer of the 5 & 10 cent store sales concept. He opened his first store in Wilkes-Barre in 1884. In 1912, he merged his 96 retail stores with F. W. Woolworth to form the vast international retail chain. A philanthropist, he made significant gifts . . . — Map (db m18596) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — George Catlin
The great painter of Indian portraits was born here July 26 1796 of Connecticut ancestry. Until 1823 he practiced law here and nearby. He began painting Indian pictures six years later. — Map (db m18590) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Jesse Fell — (1751-1830)
At his tavern here on Feb. 11, 1808, Fell burned “stone coal” successfully in an open grate. This famed experiment spurred the rise of the anthracite industry & the Wyoming Valley's growth. He was a judge, 1798-1830; first burgess of . . . — Map (db m67549) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — King's College Founders

In grateful appreciation to the Holy Cross Community who founded King's College

1946 Rev. James W. Connerton, C.S.C. President Rev. William S. Scandlon, C.S.C. Vice President Rev. Raymond A. Pieper, . . . — Map (db m110444) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Korean War Memorial

United States • South Korea United Nations

This monument is dedicated to all those men and women from Luzerne County who served in the Korean Theater of Operations during the Korean War.

On land donated by the county . . . — Map (db m110470) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Luzerne County
Formed September 25, 1786 from Northumberland County. Named for Chevalier de la Luzerne. Wilkes-Barre, the county seat, was settled 1769. A center of the Yankee-Pennamite Wars (begun 1769) and 1902 Anthracite Strike, conflicts that changed America. — Map (db m31946) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Lyman H. Howe — (1856-1923)
From headquarters in Wilkes-Barre, Howe's six touring shows introduced motion pictures to rural Americans. Pioneer exhibitor of "high class" film programs with coordinated sound. Filmed world & local events, including Pres. Theodore Roosevelt's . . . — Map (db m18599) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Min L. Matheson — (1909-1992)
Prominent labor, community, and civic leader. She headed the Wyoming Valley District of the ILGWU, 1944-1963. With her husband Bill, she confronted corrupting influences & other obstacles in building a membership of 11,000. Created under their . . . — Map (db m67547) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Old Ship Zion Church Bell

Old Ship Zion Church on Public Square was the first religious assembly hall in Wilkes-Barre. This bell, the first known church bell in Luzerne County, hung in the church until the building was demolished in 1857. The bell was cast in . . . — Map (db m117084) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Parents Corner

Patrick J. O'Connor 1903-1958

Patrick J. O'Connor was a distinguished scholar, speaker and attorney. He was valedictorian of his college St. Bonaventure. He was valedictorian and editor-in-chief of the Law Review at Georgetown . . . — Map (db m110466) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Public Square Park

Historically the interior of Public Square, or as it was known originally the "Town Plot," has served a variety of needs. Laid out in 1733 by Col. John Durkee, it has been the setting for a market house, a fireproof storage building for . . . — Map (db m117091) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Rev. John J. Curran — (1859-1936)
Founding pastor of Holy Savior Parish in 1895. Known as the Labor Priest, he championed the workers' cause and was instrumental in settling the Anthracite Strike of 1902. He was a friend of Theodore Roosevelt, who visited here often. — Map (db m19059) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Rev. Joseph Murgas
Pioneer in development of overland wireless telegraphy. In 1898 he began his experiments on these grounds. His first public transmission of sound was made here on Nov. 23, 1905. Pastor, artist, biologist, and a supporter of Slovak aspirations, he . . . — Map (db m90610) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Teedyuscung — (ca. 1700-1763)
Called “King of the Delawares,” he upheld the dignity of Native Americans and strove to protect their right to land in Pennsylvania. Baptized by the Moravians, he established the Wyoming Valley's last Delaware & Mahican settlement near . . . — Map (db m67623) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — The Birthplace of HBO — Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania — November 8, 1972

In November of 1972, 365 subscribers of Service Electric Cable TV became the first subscribers to Home Box Office. By participating in the launch of the nation's premiere pay television service, these citizens of Wilkes Barre became part of . . . — Map (db m117085) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — The Fine Arts Fiesta — Annette Evans • Alfred S. Groh

The oldest full scale arts festival in Pennsylvania was founded in 1956 by Annette Evans and Alfred S. Groh to provide an annual celebration of the arts in the Wyoming Valley area. In the original plan the founders desired to guarantee that . . . — Map (db m117090) HM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — The Sullivan Expedition against the Iroquois Indians — 1779
Fort Wyoming Mobilization Camp of Sullivan's Army June 23 - July 31 1779 — Map (db m18759) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — U.S.S. Wilkes-Barre
These anchors and bell are preserved here as a memorial to a valiant ship, the U.S.S. Wilkes-Barre. CL 103 was a 10,000-ton Cleveland Class Cruiser, launched December 24, 1943, commissioned July 1, 1944, and attached to the Pacific Fleet, Cruiser . . . — Map (db m18764) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Vietnam Veterans Memorial — "Valiant Veteran"

To those who served and those who gave their lives in South-East Asia during the Vietnam War 1960 - 1975

[Roll of Honored Dead]

Description of the Sculpture for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

This Monument of the Vietnam . . . — Map (db m110430) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — War Memorial

In memory to those Kingsmen who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. Dedicated 1974 by X Γ I — Map (db m110423) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Wilkes-Barre
Laid out 1770 by a group of Connecticut settlers, on land claimed by that state. Seat of "County of Westmoreland," erected 1776. Near here took place the Wyoming Massacre, 1778, and the "Pennamite Wars" of 1769-72 and 1784. — Map (db m19060) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Wilkes-Barre
Laid out 1770 by a group of Connecticut settlers, on land claimed by that state. Seat of "County of Westmoreland," erected 1776. Near here took place the Wyoming Massacre, 1778, and the "Pennamite Wars" of 1769-72 and 1784. — Map (db m32163) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Wilkes-Barre
Laid out 1770 by a group of Connecticut settlers, on land claimed by that state. Seat of "County of Westmoreland," erected 1776. Near here took place the Wyoming Massacre, 1778, and the "Pennamite Wars" of 1769-72 and 1784. — Map (db m90612) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Wilkes-Barre Fort
Completed 1778, Inclosing the courthouse of the Connecticut county of Westmoreland. Surrendered with Forty Fort to the British in 1778. — Map (db m19098) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — William Camp Gildersleeve — (1795-1871)
Prominent merchant and ardent abolitionist significant to the Underground Railroad in Wilkes-Barre. He provided refuge to fugitive slaves at his home and business near here. In 1853, Gildersleeve testified in a U.S. Supreme Court case, Maxwell vs. . . . — Map (db m67617) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — William G. McGowan — (1927-1992)
Founder of MCI Communications. MCI challenged AT&T's monopoly of the telephone industry and went on to become one of the nation's leaders in that field. McGowan was also a major financial contributor to many medical institutions and fields of . . . — Map (db m67496) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Wyoming Division Canal
Built by the State of Pennsylvania, 1831-34, this canal opened the Wyoming Valley's anthracite field to the mid-Atlantic coal trade. Along with the railroads, it ultimately enabled this valley to become the world's largest anthracite coal producer. . . . — Map (db m18623) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wyoming — Battle of Wyoming
Nearby on July 3, 1778, 300 patriots under Col. Zebulon Butler were defeated by 1100 British, Tories, and Indians with Maj. Gen. John Butler. Captives were massacred; survivors fled to Forty Fort. — Map (db m18895) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wyoming — Battlefield of Wyoming
Between 4 and 5 o'clock in the afternoon of July 3, 1778, an American force of about 300 men, led by Col. Zebulon Butler, Col. Nathan Denison, Lieut. Col. George Dorrance and Major Jonathan Garrett formed in line of battle east and west of this . . . — Map (db m10515) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wyoming — The Bloody Rock
On the night of July 3, 1778, after the Battle of Wyoming, fourteen or more captive American soldiers were murdered here by a maul wielded by a revengeful Indian woman, traditionally but not certainly identified as "Queen Esther." — Map (db m18847) HM
Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wyoming — Veterans Memorial

Dedicated to the men and women of Wyoming, who served in the defense of their country — Map (db m124139) WM

Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wyoming — War Memorial — In Memoriam

They gave their all for their country and fellowman

"May They Rest In Peace"

World War I 1917-1918 John Calvey • Edward Hornby • Alexander Sevenski

World War II 1941-1945 Frank L. Alberts • John M. Benowski • Kenneth . . . — Map (db m124141) WM


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