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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

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Location of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
    Luzerne County (215)
    Carbon County (73)
    Columbia County (64)
    Lackawanna County (287)
    Monroe County (80)
    Schuylkill County (54)
    Sullivan County (37)
    Wyoming County (27)
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1Pennsylvania (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 L. . . . Map (db m110473) WM
2Pennsylvania (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 G. . . . Map (db m117027) WM
3Pennsylvania (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 as . . . Map (db m110496) HM
4Pennsylvania (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
5Pennsylvania (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
6Pennsylvania (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
7Pennsylvania (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
8Pennsylvania (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 production . . . Map (db m117088) HM
9Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Birthplace of the National Federation of the Blind — November 1940
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10Pennsylvania (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
11Pennsylvania (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 QuincentennialMap (db m117054) HM
12Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Civil War Memorial
Conyngham Post 97 G.A.R. [Grand Army of the Republic] Erected in Memory of our ComradesMap (db m134646) WM
13Pennsylvania (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
14Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Crabapple — Pyrus coronaria
This is a small tree with short trunk, spreading branches and broad, open crown. It grows in moist soils of valleys and borders of forests and old fields. The fruit is consumed by many birds and mammals. The hard, heavy wood has been used for tool . . . Map (db m153276) HM
15Pennsylvania (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
16Pennsylvania (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, . . . Map (db m90611) HM WM
17Pennsylvania (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
18Pennsylvania (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
19Pennsylvania (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
20Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — First Permanent Settlement in the Wyoming Valley — 1762 - 1944
This stone marks the first permanent settlement in Wyoming Valley in the summer of 1762 by a company of pioneers from Connecticut.Map (db m151681) HM
21Pennsylvania (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
22Pennsylvania (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
23Pennsylvania (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
24Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Fort Wyoming
This Stone marks the site of Fort Wyoming. Built by the Proprietary forces January 1771. Captured by the Connecticut settlers the same year, and used as a defence against the Indians. Rebuilt in 1778 and became an important . . . Map (db m153274) HM
25Pennsylvania (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
26Pennsylvania (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
27Pennsylvania (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
28Pennsylvania (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
29Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — John L. Lewis Speech
President of the United Mine Workers of America, addresses the Bituminous Coal Operators' Negotiating Committee, April 10, 1946, at the National Bituminous Coal Conference in the Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.: "For four weeks we have sat . . . Map (db m165172) HM
30Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — John Wilkes — (1727 - 1797)
Early defender of political liberty, free speech, and the rights of the people to elect their leaders. [On back panel] This statue honors Max Rosenn, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, for the unique vision and . . . Map (db m165142) HM
31Pennsylvania (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
32Pennsylvania (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 commissioners, . . . Map (db m110470) WM
33Pennsylvania (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
34Pennsylvania (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
35Pennsylvania (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
36Pennsylvania (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 Philadelphia . . . Map (db m117084) HM
37Pennsylvania (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 University . . . Map (db m110466) HM
38Pennsylvania (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 records, a . . . Map (db m117091) HM
39Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Rev. Jacob Johnson, A.M. — Born at Wallingford, Conn. Apr. 1713 — Died at Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Mar. 15, 1797 —
Graduated Yale College, 1740. Pastor Congregational Church, Groton, Connecticut, 1749 - 1772. First Pastor Wilkes-Barre Congregation (subsequently First Presbyterian) 1772 - 1797. He made missionary journeys to the Six Nations, . . . Map (db m134647) HM
40Pennsylvania (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
41Pennsylvania (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
42Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Slattery Home Site — 151 South Franklin Street
This entry marks the site of the home of Frank P. Slattery, District Attorney of Luzerne County, 1916 - 1920 and the boyhood home of Frank P. Slatterly, Jr., Mayor of the City of Wilkes-Barre, 1960 - 1968. This plaque is given to Wilkes . . . Map (db m165168) HM
43Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — St. Conrad's Young Men's Society
St. Conrad's Y.M.S. was founded Nov. 1890 by members of St. Nicholas Parish Dedicated Nov. 1990 Charter Members John Braun • Philip Fluegel • Jacob & Peter Forve George Grausam • Peter Halter • John S Kemmerer William J Alles • . . . Map (db m165140) HM
44Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — St. Mary's High School — South Washington St. Wilkes Barre, Pa. — 1905 --- 1971 —
This cornerstone is dedicated to all former students and Sisters of MercyMap (db m151567) HM
45Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — St. Nicholas R. C. Church
Founded 1855 by German ImmigrantsMap (db m165139) HM
46Pennsylvania (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
47Pennsylvania (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
48Pennsylvania (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 Fiesta . . . Map (db m117090) HM
49Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — The Redington Hotel
Built by John A. Redington, opened October 11, 1906 at the corner of East Market Street and South Pennsylvania Avenue, the seven-story, lavish hotel was designed by the prominent architectural firm of McCormick and French. The hotel contained many . . . Map (db m151566) HM
50Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — The Roberts Tower
The Tower of this Church shall be known as The Roberts Tower in Honor of Daniel C. Roberts whose Christian Generosity made possible the building of this Edifice. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving.Map (db m153267) HM
51Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — The Sullivan Expedition against the Iroquois Indians — 1779 —
Fort Wyoming Mobilization Camp of Sullivan's Army June 23 - July 31 1779Map (db m18759) HM
52Pennsylvania (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
53Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Veterans Memorial
This memorial is in honor of the men and women of the Armed Forces who proudly served our country for the freedom of America and the Free World.Map (db m155455) WM
54Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — Veterans Memorial Court
Remembering those whom we have lost. Honoring those who serve. Dedicated June 6, 2019Map (db m165164) WM
55Pennsylvania (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 War Memorial . . . Map (db m110430) WM
56Pennsylvania (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 IMap (db m110423) WM
57Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — War Memorial
In grateful tribute to the men and women of Brookside who served and gave their lives in the service of God and Country in all of our conflicts. In memory of Raymond Parker • Oscar Shaffer James Delaney • Elwood Renshaw [All . . . Map (db m155875) WM
58Pennsylvania (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
59Pennsylvania (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
60Pennsylvania (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
61Pennsylvania (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
62Pennsylvania (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
63Pennsylvania (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
64Pennsylvania (Luzerne County), Wilkes-Barre — World War Memorial — 1917 - 1918
Roll of Honor to commemorate the names of our men who answered their country's call and served for liberty and democracy in the World War ending Nov. 11th, 1918. [Honored Dead] George Ihnαt • . . . Map (db m151863) WM
65Pennsylvania (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
Apr. 15, 2021