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Bear Creek Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

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Bear Creek Township is a township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The township has a total area of , making it is the largest municipality (by total area) in Luzerne County. The population was 2,752 at the 2020 census. History First settlers Bear Creek was first settled in the late 18th century. The first log cabin was built in 1786 (about nine miles from Wilkes-Barre). Bear Creek, with its abundance of trees, became the lumber king of Luzerne County. The first sawmill was built in 1800 by Oliver Helme. Many more sawmills were later constructed throughout the 19th century. Township Bear Creek was later incorporated as a township; it was carved from territory taken from Wilkes-Barre, Pittston, Bucks, Plains, and Jenkins (in 1856). By 1890, the community had a population of 343. In 1961, the Bear Creek Dam was constructed in the southern porti
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