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Wyoming County

Wyoming County is named for the Delaware Indian word meaning “extensive meadows”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Bradford County and Susquehanna County

E – Lackawanna County

S – Luzerne County

W – Sullivan County and Bradford County

 

Created:  April 4, 1842                           Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Wyoming County

County Seat:

Tunkhannock  1842 – present

 

County Courthouse – Tunkhannock  

 

Location:  1 Courthouse Square / Putnam Street

Built:  1869 – 1870

Style:  Italianate Tuscan Villa

Architect:  D H Nott

Contractor:  John W Crawford and Charles Place

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story brick covered with stucco and painted white and then light yellow, structure. The building was constructed as a brick structure in 1843 and was completely rebuilt in 1870 with a third story with a rear projection of two stories. The building is capped with a high tower at the south front, rising above the projecting entrance section which has an arched doorway on the first story and two long vertical windows rising from the second to third story. The windows are trimmed and accented in brown as are the quoins and corners and the decorative bracket under the eaves. In the interior, the County Court of Common Pleas courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas of the 44th Judicial District.. An addition was added in 1938 under the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works. and a further addition to the north side in 1991 to 1992 creating an “H” shaped building. The architect in 1991 was Crabtree, Rohrhaugh & Associates.

 

History:  The county was created in 1842 and Tunkhannock was selected as the county seat. The first court house and jail were erected in 1843 and were the first brick structures built in the borough. The second jail was built in 1866 and the second and present courthouse was constructed in 1869 to 1870 at a cost of $18,980.

 

 

County Courthouse – Tunkhannock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Court of Common Pleas courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2006 and 2015