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About Freeland, Pennsylvania

Freeland, originally called Birbeckville after founder Joseph Birkbeck, then South Heberton, is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, 18 miles (29 km) south of Wilkes-Barre, and 10 miles northeast of Hazleton in an agricultural region. Freeland was officially incorporated as a borough on September 11, 1876. Coal-mining was a chief industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At the turn of the century the population numbered 5,254. By 1910 it had increased to 6,197, and in 1940 it peaked at 6,593 residents. At the 2010 census, the population was 3,531. As of 30 September 2010, the current Mayor of Freeland is Mrs. Tami Martin, the widow of the former Mayor of Freeland, Tim Martin. Freeland is the highest elevated borough in Pennsylvania at 1,943 feet above sea level.

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