Introduction to West Pittston, Pennsylvania
West Pittston, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne county, is 8 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 94 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is part of the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
West Pittston History
Fort Jenkins, which served as the Wyoming Valley's defense point in colonial times, was situated in present-day West Pittston. The town was officially founded in 1778. Through a major part of the 19th century, the area was home to people employed in the anthracite coal industry. Following the collapse of this industry in the mid-1900s, West Pittston's economy fared better than most other similar communities. It was home to several noteworthy businesses like the Renaissance Entertainment Technologies, Pride Mobility, and Keystone Automotive. In the past, the town was also known for its production of cut glass, knit and silk goods, mine screens, and crackers. West Pittston was incorporated in 1857.
West Pittston and Nearby Attractions
- Steamtown National Historic Site
- Scranton Iron Furnaces
- Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
- Ross Park Zoo
- Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
- Frances Slocum State Park
Things To Do In West Pittston
The Steamtown National Historic Site features exhibits that depict the history of main line steam railroading, while Scranton Iron Furnaces includes industrial remains of stone blast furnaces that were built in the mid-1800s by the Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company. Everhart Museum, and Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum are some of the museums near West Pittston. The town also offers easy access to the Frances Slocum State Park, and Gouldsboro State Park which offer recreational opportunities for hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, camping, and picnicking. In addition, the community hosts the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, which features skit shows, a Miss Cherry Blossom contest, food vendors, and live musical entertainment.
West Pittston Transportation
Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport is nearby.
West Pittston Higher Education
Colleges close to West Pittston are Luzerne County Community College, King's College, Misericordia University, and Penn State Wilkes-Barre.