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Means "the stream that forks," and the fork in question is the confluence of the Lackawanna River with the northern branch of the Susquehanna.
This is the only line of reasoning that explains the irrational fanaticism of the proponents (including the so-called neutral media), and if they give you any other story they are lying.
One, they agreed to the breakoff and formation of Wyoming County, centered around Tunkhannock, throwing as it were a bone to folks clamoring for more self rule.
(Wyoming County was viewed as offering relatively little in terms of financial value.) Two, and this is the slimy part, Luzerne County decided to stack the deck: it pushed through a state constitutional amendment -- of highly dubious legality, one would add -- mandating that if any county were to split up it would require a majority vote of both the new section as well as the old.
Tillinghast ever considered using the pen name Le Castor, which is French for "beaver," or whether Mr. Tillinghast preferred to play not with the word but with something more substantial along those lines.
Located 45 miles west of Scranton, the town is named for John La Porte, born in 1798 in Asylum, the haven for French aristocracy (see above).