|Market St. Square|
|Stegmair Brewery currently|
3. We will now head south down S. Main Street. On your left you will see an empty lot. This was the home of the famous Planters Peanuts. Planters was founded by Italian immigrant, Amedo Obici right here in Wilkes-Barre. He started his career as a bellhop and fruit stand vendor in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Obici later moved to Wilkes-Barre, opened his own fruit stand, and invested in a peanut roaster. Obici turned peddler within a few years, using a horse and wagon, and calling himself "The Peanut Specialist". In 1906, Obici entered a partnership with Mario Peruzzi. Peruzzi had developed his own method of blanching whole roasted peanuts, doing away with the troublesome hulls and skins; and so with six employees, two large roasters, and crude machinery, Planters was founded. This once historic building was torn down due to its deteriorating condition. Again, there is really nothing to see.
|Old Public Square|
|Vintage Hotel Sterling|
That concludes out guided tour of Wilkes-Barre for today. I hope you got some great pictures of our lack of history. Please exit the bus in a timely manner and we hope to see you again.