Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

City: Wilkes-Barre

County: Luzerne

State: Pennsylvania

Lat/Long: 41.2463, -75.8812

Wilkes-Barre is a commercial and industrial city situated in eastern Pennsylvania on the banks of the Susquehanna River. First settled by Europeans in 1769, the city specialized in the production of coal, tobacco, and clothing. In 1840, it had a population of 1,718, and, by 1860, its population had grown to 4,259.

Webster's New Geographical Dictionary (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1988), 1342; H. C. Bradsby, History of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: S. B. Nelson, 1893), 474.