Introduction to Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Hazleton, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne county, is 35 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 81 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The city, which is in the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton area, has 23,329 residents.
The Borough of Hazelton was incorporated by two acts of State Legislature. The first approval came on April 31, 1851 and the second act was authorized on April 22, 1856. The community was named after Hazel Creek which is located nearby. Ariovistus "Ario" Pardee, an engineer from New York who is regarded as the founder of Hazelton, purchased land in the area after anthracite coal deposits were discovered in 1818, because he knew that it would prove lucrative. Hazelton was incorporated as a city on December 4, 1891.
Hazleton and Nearby Attractions
- Museum of Anthracite Mining
- Eckley Miners' Village
- Beltzville State Park
- Crystal Cave
- Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
- Knoebels Amusement Park
Things To Do In Hazleton
Museums in the nearby area include Allentown Art Museum, Troxell-Steckel House and Park Museum, and Haines Mill Museum. There are several historically significant sites nearby, such as Eckley Miners' Village, George Taylor House, and John O'Hara House. There are also several parks near Hazleton including Beltzville State Park, Hickory Run State Park, and Lehigh Gorge State Park. A trip may also be planned to Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom and Knoebels Amusement Park.
Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport is located nearby.
Hazleton Higher Education
Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton Campus is the local university. The colleges nearest to Hazleton are Luzerne County Community College and Wilkes University.