Wilkes-Barre is located in the state of Pennsylvania and a city and seat of Luzerne County. The city forms part and is one of the principal cities that make up the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. Wilkes-Barre is strategically located in Wyoming Valley and the second in size next to the nearby city of Scranton. Wilkes-Barre and the rest of the surrounding Wyoming Valley are being framed by the Pocono Mountains to the eastern side, by the Endless Mountains in the northern and western side, and by the Lehigh Valley in the southern area. The Susquehanna River defines the northwestern border of the city and flows through the center of the valley. The city started to grow rapidly during the 19th century after the nearby coal reserves were discovered in the area and after which the subsequent arrival of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were able to provide the labor force in the local mines. The city’s 40,569 residents enjoy various recreational amenities such as the Kirby Park and Coal Street Park and the River Common area located along the Susquehanna River. Tourism is also big in the area, due to local attractions like the Luzerne County Museum, like the Sordoni Art Gallery, The Frederick Stegmaier Mansion, Luzerne County Courthouse, Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza, Nathan Denison House, and the Lion Brewery. To bolster community spirit, Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square regularly holds events like The Fine Arts Fiesta, Farmers Market, and many parades and celebrations.
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