West Hazleton, founded by Conrad Horn, is a borough of 8/10 square mile in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, 31 miles (50 km) south of Wilkes Barre. In 1900, 2,516 people lived here; in 1910, 4,715 people lived here. The population was 3,542 at the 2000 census.
West Hazleton began in 1887 with its borough charter drawn on March 12th. Consisting of mainly immigrants who worked in the anthracite coal mines, its first burgess was J.W. McMurtrie who served from 1888 to 1890. West Hazleton was home of the areas most prestigious and popular attraction, Hazle Park. Nearby sat Cranberry Ballpark, where legendary Babe Ruth played.
Today, West Hazleton is mostly residential, consists of two shopping centers, industrial park, movie theater, and youth sports complex. Some of the areas best church bazaars, with ethnic specialties, will draw crowds from all over Northeastern Pennsylvania to West Hazleton.
West Hazleton is in 11th Congressional District and 116th Legislative District.