Wilkes-Barre is a city in the US state of Pennsylvania, the county seat of Luzerne County. It is at the center of the Wyoming Valley area with a population 41,498 making it the 10th largest city in the state of Pennsylvania. It is one of the principal cities in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area, which had a population of 563,631 as of the 2010 Census making it the fourth largest metro/statistical area in the state of Pennsylvania. Wilkes-Barre was founded in 1769 and formally incorporated in 1806. Wilkes-Barre and the surrounding Wyoming Valley are framed by the Pocono Mountains to the east, the Endless Mountains to the west and the Lehigh Valley to the south. The Susquehanna River flows through the center of the valley and defines the northwestern border of the city.
Roads, railways and transportation:
Interstate 81 passes north-south near Wilkes-Barre, and the city is also located near the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and is about 10 miles (16 km) north of Interstate 80. Public transportation is provided by the Luzerne County Transportation Authority. In addition to servicing the main arteries of the city, it provides transportation for the northern half of the county, as well as a connecting bus to Scranton via an interchange at Pittston with COLTS, the public transit authority of Lackawanna County. Five international airlines fly from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in nearby Pittston Township. Smaller, private planes may also use the Wilkes-Barre Wyoming Valley Airport in Forty Fort.
The city was at one time served by the Lehigh Valley Railroad, Central Railroad of New Jersey, the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (later Erie Lackawanna Railway), Delaware and Hudson Railway, the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Wilkes-Barre and Eastern Railroad, and the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railroad (known as the Laurel Line). The Wilkes-Barre Traction Company formed a streetcar line from Georgetown to Nanticoke and over the river into Plymouth ceasing operations in the mid 1940s. At present, the Canadian Pacific Railway (successor to the Delaware and Hudson) and the Luzerne and Susquehanna Railroad (designated-operator of a county-owned shortline) provide freight service within the city.
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza (in nearby Wilkes-Barre Township)
F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
Frederick Stegmaier Mansion
Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre
Luzerne County Museum
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania's first slots casino.
Luzerne County Historical Society
PNC Field, home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (in Moosic)
Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, located on the campus of Wilkes University
Colleges and universities:
Wilkes University, located on River Street in Center City
King's College, located along River Street in Center City
Misericordia University, located on Lake Street in nearby Dallas
Luzerne County Community College, located on South Prospect Street in nearby Nanticoke
Penn State Wilkes-Barre, located on Old Route 115 in nearby Lehman Township
The Commonwealth Medical College
James M. Coughlin High School
G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) Memorial High School
Holy Redeemer High School
Elmer L. Meyers High School