If you visit a few different organizational websites in the Mountain Top area you’ll notice a major inconsistency between them: Mountain Top vs. Mountaintop.
Mountain Top is located in the western Pocono Mountains, nestled between the cities of Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton in Northeast Pennsylvania. In 1798, the area’s first settler was Conrad Wickesier. He carved paths into the mountain, bringing civilization to the mountains of the Wyoming Valley. James Wright built the first tavern and three saw mills to level and clear up the land for habitation. Lumber was a major industry in Mountain Top. Early settlers hauled lumber to Wilkes-Barre, beginning the area’s lumber industry. These lumber mills provided the backbone for many of the area’s industry, including mines and railroads.
Farming became a natural means of work for early residents as their small gardens grew into larger crops and livestock became more and more abundant.
The first school was built in 1840 and the boulevard was built in 1908. Prior to the boulevard, railway and mules were a popular means of transportation in the area.
Mountain Top’s suburban communities are only minutes from Wilkes-Barre with its numerous restaurants, retail shops, universities, parks, and theaters. In addition, New York City and Philadelphia are only a short 2 to 2.5-hour ride away.
The area, which covers over 110 square miles, is host to many activities for all to enjoy. These include youth soccer, football and baseball leagues, dance studios, a local ice rink, karate lessons, and more. The center of town has a variety of restaurants, banks and shopping stores—from the area’s famous pizza to popular salad and sushi restaurants, there’s something for everyone.
There seems to be no straightforward answer available other than taking a look at the town’s historical society website. According to that, it’s two words: Mountain Top.
Honestly, I’ve lived in this area my whole life and have a lot of family members who live in and around Mountain Top. I’ve received many invitations to graduation and birthday parties and it was always spelled “Mountain Top” on the invites.
And that’s exactly what you’ll generally find from people in the area. While there is some dispute, most argue “Mountain Top” is correct.
Much like the Dallas area, Mountain Top is filled with the area’s beautiful nature including deer and the occasional bear.
Mountain Top is a great place to raise a family with plenty to do together, from fishing to summer picnics and camping. Plus, with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport close by, the world is at your fingertips.
The Mountain Top area includes Fairview, Rice, Slocum, Wright, Dorrance Townships and Nuangola Borough, municipalities that boast some of the lowest taxes in the country. Mountain Top public schools include the Crestwood School District.
The area is also home to many of the area’s farmers and fresh food is easily within reach at farmer’s markets.
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