Ashley, Pennsylvania

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Ashley is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, one mile (2 km) from Wilkes Barre. It was a productive coal-mining area at the start of the twentieth century. Population in 1900, 4,046; in 1910, 5,601; and in 1940, 6,371. The population was 2,866 at the 2000 census.

Film actor Russell Johnson, best known as "The Professor" on the CBS television sitcom Gilligan's Island, was born here. 1900 Olympic champion John Tewksbury was also born here.

Located in Ashley is the Huber Breaker, the largest of its kind, built to process the anthracite coal from several local collieries.[1]



Ashley is located at 41°12′51″N 75°53′58″W / 41.21417°N 75.89944°W / 41.21417; -75.89944 (41.214182, -75.899387)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,866 people, 1,245 households, and 783 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,105.2 people per square mile (1,202.8/km²). There were 1,386 housing units at an average density of 1,501.7/sq mi (581.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.46% White, 0.38% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.42% of the population.

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