Thursday October 29 , 2020
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History of Cranberry Creek

Like many other small communities surrounding the City of Hazleton, the town of Cranberry developed during the coal mining era. The name is said to have come from the wild berry bushes nearby.

A stream named Cranberry Creek runs through the town. The Pennsylvania Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation recently undertook a major restoration and reclamation project of the area and the creek. The project included the reclamation of 135 acres through excavation and grading material. Cranberry Creek was also restored to its original location. Previously, most of the water from the creek was redirected into the nearby Jeddo Tunnel.

CAN DO purchased the 366-acre parcel of land in 2006. Since that time, the organization has been working to restore the site in cooperation with the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and municipal leaders throughout West Hazleton, Hazle Township, the City of Hazleton and Luzerne County.

With an interesting past that includes the Cranberry Breaker and the Cranberry Ballpark, the Cranberry Creek site is primed for development as an important part of Greater Hazleton’s future.