Pittston Township, Pennsylvania

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Pittston Township is a township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The township is located within the Greater Pittston metro area. The population was 3,450 at the 2000 census. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is located in Pittston Township.

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History

Pittston Township was established in 1790 by European immigrants. Years later, coal mining became the prominent industry in the area.

It remained an active mining region for many decades, until the Knox Mine Disaster (1959) in nearby Port Griffith ended the industry completely.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 14.4 square miles (37.2 km²), of which, 14.4 square miles (37.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.14%) is water. It is the largest community in all of Greater Pittston. The township is served by the Pittston Area School District. The eastern part of the township is made up of mountains and thick forests. Most of the township's residents and businesses are located in the western half of the town. The elevation drops from east to west.

Its villages include Browntown, Glendale, and Suscon. Its numbered routes are U.S. Route 11, Interstate 81, Interstate 476, Route 315, and Route 502. The interstates connect via 315 at the Wyoming Valley Interchange just east of Browntown. Suscon Road connects Dupont with Thornhurst on the Lehigh River. Oak Street and William Street (Route 11) connect the township with the city of Pittston.

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