Kelayres, Pennsylvania

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Kelayres, Pennsylvania
Census-designated place
Kelayres Post Office
Kelayres Post Office
Kelayres is located in Pennsylvania
Kelayres is located in the US
Coordinates: 40°54′03″N 76°00′13″W / 40.90083°N 76.00361°W / 40.90083; -76.00361Coordinates: 40°54′03″N 76°00′13″W / 40.90083°N 76.00361°W / 40.90083; -76.00361
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Schuylkill
Township Kline
Elevation 1,752 ft (534 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 533
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code 18231
Area code(s) 570 and 272 (570 Exchange: 929)
GNIS feature ID 1178312[2]

Kelayres, Pennsylvania is a census-designated place in Kline Township, Schuylkill County on Broad Mountain just west of McAdoo. Reservoir Number 8 is just west of Kelayres and drains northward into the Catawissa Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River. It is served by the Hazleton Area School District. The local pronunciation of the village is "Key-lar-es" and its ZIP code is 18231. [1] As of the 2010 census the population was 533 residents. Kelayres is in Area Code 570, served by the 929 McAdoo exchange.

Kelayres achieved national notoriety in 1934 when local politics led to the Kelayres massacre, election eve, November 5. Five were killed, at least a dozen injured. The breaking story was played up for its political angle on election day. Local Republican boss Joseph James Bruno and six members of his immediate family were arrested and tried for the murders. Six received convictions and prison sentences. Bruno again achieved national notoriety when he escaped from jail in December 1936. He was recaptured in August 1937. They were all eventually pardoned, Joseph Bruno being the last of the family pardoned, on December 24, 1947.[3]


The Hazleton Area School District operates public schools, including the McAdoo-Kelayres Elementary-Middle School in McAdoo. All Kelayres residents are zoned to the Hazleton Area High School in Hazle Township.[4]


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "Kelayres". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "King of the Mountain: The Bruno Family Story" page 233 by Bruce Boyd, 2016 Ingram Publishing
  4. ^ "Locate Us." Hazleton Area School District. Retrieved on July 18, 2016.