Place:Wyoming, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States

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NameWyoming
TypeBorough
Coordinates41.309°N 75.837°W
Located inLuzerne, Pennsylvania, United States
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Wyoming is a borough in the Greater Pittston area of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is located north of Wilkes Barre, on the Susquehanna River. Formerly, coal mining was the chief industry. The population was 3,073 at the 2010 census.

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The Wyoming Monument marks the gravesite of victims of the July 1778 Battle of Wyoming. The battle was named for the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania, of which the current borough of Wyoming is a part.

A force of British and Tories led by John Butler, with the assistance of about 700 Native Americans, attacked the outnumbered Wyoming Valley settlers on 3 July 1778, north of Wyoming in what is now Exeter. The exact fatality count is not known, but it is estimated between 200 and 300 settlers were killed in the battle.

An annual observance, sponsored by the Wyoming Commemorative Association, takes place at the obelisk grounds to honor the fallen heroes of this Revolutionary War battle. The monument has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Wyoming Valley was made famous by the 1809 poem "Gertrude of Wyoming" by Thomas Campbell. The state of Wyoming was named after the valley, owing to the popularity of the poem.

The Luzerne Presbyterial Institute, Swetland Homestead, and Wyoming Monument are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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