Wilkes-Barre is a manufacturing and service center and the seat of Luzerne County. It is located on the east bank of the Susquehanna River in the Wyoming Valley of northeastern Pennsylvania. Connecticut colonists first settled the area in 1769. The city made headlines in 1972 when extensive flooding caused by a tropical storm caused over $1 billion in damage.
Although Wilkes-Barre has added several modern high-rises since WWII, the city's skyline is still characterized by buildings from the pre-WWII industrial era, a more prosperous time for this area. Loss of the Hotel Sterling, demolished in 2007, made a significant change in the city's appearance.