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By William Fischer, Jr., November 20, 2017
109th Field Artillery Battalion Honored Dead
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

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