Friday, April 16, 2021



Luzerne County voted this week to lease space inside the old Central Railroad of New Jersey station on Market Street in Wilkes-Barre.  It will become home to the tourism office.

It was the piece of the puzzle that needed to fall in to place before renovations can begin.

I took the photo you see above in 2011.  The place was a mess, and I feared someone would torch it.  Thankfully, vandalism was the biggest issue.

Moving the tourism office here, from Public Square, makes sense.  First, a magnificent old building has new life.  Second, visitors no longer have to hunt for a parking space on the square and pay the ridiculous meter rate of a quarter for eight minutes.  On Market Street, there is plenty of parking.  Just pull up, go inside, get the info on everything the area has to offer, and you are on your way.

All we now is some a real train offering passenger service!