My parents were both from northeastern Pennsylvania. They both grew up in small neighborhoods, slightly north of Wilkes~Barre, in Luzerne County, and I was born in Scranton, in Lackawanna County.
On March 4, 1681, England’s Charles II granted the Province of Pennsylvania to William Penn to settle a debt of 16, 000 pounds. On December 12, 1787, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania~the Keystone State~ became the second state in the newly founded United States.
Read all about its history here: The Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania