Public Square Park

Public Square Park (HM27D0)

Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 Luzerne County
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N 41° 14.77', W 75° 52.922'

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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 boys academy, the Ship Zion Church and a succession of three court houses. The last court house on Public Square was razed in 1910, at which time a fountain with the statue of the Indian maiden "Kankakee" was placed in the center, making the entire interior of Public Square a park. While the park plan remained unchanged from 1910-1977, the fountain was removed in 1934.
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On June 23, 1972 Hurricane Agnes caused the Susquehanna River to flood its banks. The resulting damage in property loss and human suffering to Wilkes-Barre and its Wyoming Valley neighbors was incalculable. Financial aid from federal, state and local governments became available for use in a comprehensive program which planned, financed and implemented renewal efforts.
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The reconstruction of Public Square Park was accomplished as part of the "Wilkes-Barre Downtown Urban Renewal Program." It is dedicated

to the Citizens of Wilkes-Barre and the Wyoming Valley in the hope it will be enjoyed by all.

HM NumberHM27D0
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Date Added Friday, May 4th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 426095 N 4566459
Decimal Degrees41.24616667, -75.88203333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 14.77', W 75° 52.922'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 14' 46.2" N, 75° 52' 55.32" W
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Area Code(s)570
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-12 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre PA 18701, US
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