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While there are many beautiful

coal miners and railroad barons.

places in this world, only a few can

In Jim Thorpe, people feel the magic

truly be considered magical. Some

every time they visit - it’s what keeps

places captivate you the moment

them coming back. It’s in every bed

they first catch your eye. They can

and breakfast and hotel, in all the

transport you from your everyday

shops and eateries. It’s a feeling

life to another place in

they get when they walk

a wink. In Jim Thorpe

the narrow streets and

it may take just one

let themselves be trans-

glimpse of our 1880’s-

ported back in time and

era train station. Or

away from their every-

perhaps the magical

day cares. Experience it

moment comes with a

for yourself. We hope

glance up a tree-lined

to see you often. Visit

street that has changed

Jim Thorpe and find

little since the days of

your magic.



Published by Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce Editor Dan Hugos Production Charleen Bybel Writer Rick Grant Copy Editor Nancy Zeigler Creative Director / Graphic Designer Vincent DeGiosio - Dejozio Design Graphic Design Assistant Charleen Bybel - Eckert Marketing Photography Dan Hugos Additional images provided by Vincent DeGiosio Mauch Chunk Museum Pocono Whitewater Administration Nichol Schreiber Sales Nichol Schreiber, Dan Hugos, Bill Eckert, Michael Guy

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Anthracite coal, mined nearby, fueled the Industrial Revolution. At one time, 19 of the country’s 26 millionaires had a residence in Mauch Chunk. The Switchback Gravity Railroad was the predecessor of the roller coaster, and was the second rail system in America. The major Hollywood motion picture, The Molly Maguires, starring Sean Connery and Richard Harris, was filmed here and at nearby Eckley Miner’s Village. Our town is the final resting place for the greatest athlete of the 20th century, Jim Thorpe. Mauch Chunk is pronounced Mock-CHUNK. These are the Lenni Lenape words for “sleeping bear.”


There are a great many towns with history in these Pocono Mountains, but none have embraced their past the way we have in Jim Thorpe. Formerly known as Mauch Chunk, our picturesque town is steeped in history. It’s a fascinating story of struggle, survival, boom, bust and revival, and it flavors everything you will experience here. Welcome to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania! Come with us on a short trip back in time.


This year—You and your family travel to Jim Thorpe for a magical getaway. 2006—Railway excursions return to Jim Thorpe on a regular basis. 1995—The historic 1871 county jail on West Broadway is closed and then reopened as the Old Jail Museum. 1993—The Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center opens in the former St. Paul’s Methodist Church, a descendant of Mauch Chunk’s first church. 1981—Downtown Main Street program launched. 1974—Mauch Chunk Lake Park opens to the public. 1972—A dam above Mauch Chunk is completed, forming Mauch Chunk Lake and solving a terrible flooding problem in the town. 1965—The Central Railroad of New Jersey ends passenger service. 1961—The Lehigh Valley Railroad ends passenger service. 1957—The Jim Thorpe Mausoleum, final resting place of the “Greatest Athlete in the World” is completed. 1954—By community referendum, Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk are combined under the name Jim Thorpe. The athlete’s remains are brought from Oklahoma. 1950—Mauch Chunk turns 100 years old.


1937—The rails and cars of the world-famous

1882—The Mauch Chunk Opera House opens.

Switchback Gravity Railroad sell at auction for

1871—The County Jail opens on West Broadway.


1868—The Lehigh and Susquehanna Railroad is

1932—The last shipment of coal is sent down

extended from Mauch Chunk to Easton.

the Lehigh Canal from Laury’s Station to Bristol,

1862—A disastrous flood smashes through town,

near Philadelphia.

damaging the canal. The Lehigh Coal and

1925—The Jim Thorpe trolley service makes

Navigation Company replaces the Upper

its last run up Broadway.

Division of the Lehigh Canal with the Lehigh and

1911—The Wahnetah Hotel, a resort in nearby

Susquehanna Railroad. The Lower Division is never

Glen Onoko, is destroyed by a forest fire.


1902—Trolley service is extended from Jim Thorpe

1855—The Lehigh Valley Railroad, founded by Asa

to Lehighton.

Packer, begins freight and passenger service from

1901—The first trolleys begin carrying tourists to

Mauch Chunk to Easton.

the summit of Flagstaff Mountain, an important

1850—Mauch Chunk is incorporated as a

tourist attraction.

borough and becomes the seat of Carbon County.


1827—The Mauch Chunk Railroad, later called the Switchback Gravity Railroad, opened to transport coal from Summit Hill to Mauch Chunk. 1818—The first settlement of Mauch Chunk is established. Forty buildings are erected and 400 acres are cleared. Josiah White and business partner Erskine Hazard install “bear trap locks” which permit coal boats to travel from Mauch Chunk to Easton. Known for decades to nineteenth-century rail excursionists as the “Switzerland of America,” the humble coal mining town of Mauch Chunk has matured into an All-American town named after an American hero. But there’s more to this story, much more. We can’t wait to share the rest. Timeline Source: Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center

“The man of iron nerve, whose life was one of purity and uprightness, simple in habit, dignified in demeanor, fervent, earnest, free of all forms of ostentation, liberal beyond measure, to whose magnanimity of soul hundreds of living witnesses pay heartfelt tribute, had passed away May 17, 1879. The Directors of the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company have heard with profound sorrow of the death of their President, the Hon. Asa Packer, by which each one of the Directors has lost a true and valued friend, the company has lost its founder and its sagacious leader, the laboring man has lost a sympathizing benefactor, and our country has lost a useful and patriotic citizen.” From the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company’s 1879 Annual Report, memorializing Asa Packer


The lay of the land has always been our primary attraction. It was the endless expanse of the tree-covered Pocono Mountains that first brought the logging industry into the area. After that, it was the energy-producing coal buried underneath that same rugged terrain that brought thousands of miners and their families here. The Lehigh River carried this abundance downstream to Allentown and then on to Philadelphia. Later, the railroad traveled this same route. Today, the beautiful environment surrounding Jim Thorpe still draws people here, though for vastly different reasons. Whether it’s a hike along the nearby Appalachian Trail, with its challenging climbs and scenic vistas, an easy bike ride along the converted railroad bed through Lehigh Gorge State Park, or an exhilarating whitewater adventure down the Lehigh, our landscape will fill your next vacation with excitement and give you memories enough to last a lifetime. You won’t have to find your own way. Our town is filled with guides of every sort who are ready to help you make the most of your time in Jim Thorpe. Your only job is to decide which direction to go. You might start with a tour of the Asa Packer Mansion or the Old Jail Museum. Visit DeFeo’s Manor, an 18-room residence


Glen Onoko Falls

Harry Packer Mansion

that is an excellent example of Queen Anne Victorian-style architecture. Or you might journey up the hill to Mauch Chunk Lake to kayak the shoreline in the morning mist or swim all day at the beach. You could also fly fish in one of our nationally-recognized trout streams, or play on one of the largest paintball complexes in the country. Perhaps you’re interested in getting active, but at a more leisurely level, so a walking tour might be just for you. Jim Thorpe is a four-season town, with great outdoor activities to enjoy all year-round. Check our calendar for events such as Earth Day, Jim Thorpe’s Birthday, Fall Foliage Weekends, Olde Time Christmas and WinterFest. Surprise yourself with a visit to town in the winter. With three ski areas close by, lively nightlife at our pubs and restaurants, quaint shops, hip galleries and our cozy accommodations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. There’s no better way to unwind and relax than to get outside and enjoy our landscape and town. Make sure you make them a part of your next Jim Thorpe visit.

Lehigh River


“The Lehigh River will sure surprise you. It looks calm and easy on the surface, but get out there with five or six of your friends and you’re in for more fun than you bargained for. I’ve been a guide for a few years now and I love this river. It’s safe for kids but fun for everyone, even professionals. If you’re coming to Jim Thorpe and you’re looking for adventure, you’ve got to get on the Lehigh River.”

Dustin Kapustiak Lehigh River Rafting Guide

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“I know that I have to stay healthy and so I’ve embraced cycling because it’s fun and good for me, but I didn’t know how breathtaking it could be until I came to Jim Thorpe. There is a 25-mile bike trail that runs along a converted railroad bed through the Lehigh Gorge State Park and it is the most beautiful place I’ve ever ridden. The worst grade is only about 2 percent, so even beginning riders can have a great time. There are outfitters in Jim Thorpe that provide bike rentals and shuttle service, so all you have to bring is comfortable clothing and your camera. Don’t forget your camera! You’ll definitely need it.”

Linda Hudock Bike guide

Lehigh Gorge Trail

The Lehigh Gorge Trail extends 25 miles from Jim Thorpe to White Haven. The Switchback Trail, an 18-mile tree-lined loop from Jim Thorpe to Summit Hill, begins just two blocks from downtown. For skinny tire enthusiasts, the countryside around Jim Thorpe is criss-crossed with roads challenging enough for any rider.


The Original Band-in-a-Box It was the home of Asa Packer, the third wealthiest man in the world. He turned Mauch Chunk into a haven of the super-rich. At one time half of all the millionaires in America lived in this town. Tour the Asa Packer Mansion for a glimpse of his lifestyle.

There is history here, alive and accessible, from the jail that held the Molly Maguires to the mansions that hosted the parties of the world’s wealthiest, to the churches that have stood on these mountainsides for centuries. There is architecture here, preserved for many generations, and some say, the ghosts of those who lived within those walls so long ago. Find out for yourself on one of Jim Thorpe’s walking tours.

Everything Old Mauch Chunk There is so much history in this little town that it slips through your fingers like, well, like time itself. But the curators at the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center have managed to grab hold of some of the treasures from the past—you owe it to yourself to check them out.

Tour a Coal Mine Volumes have been written about the hard lives of the coal miners who burrowed into these hills to make a living and provide the fuel for the Industrial Revolution. But you can’t really understand it until you experience it. Travel back in time through the same tunnels that carried generations of miners and find out what it was really like for the Molly Maguires at the Number 9 Mine in nearby Lansford.

All Aboard “I’ve been a conductor on this line for years and I’ve never been late. Don’t you be late! Get your tickets now and get swept away on a whirlwind ride through the beautiful Lehigh Gorge. All aboard!” George Slater Train Conductor, Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway

Ghostly Tours “I’ve seen plenty of strange things in some of the old buildings in this town as a guide for the Rotary Club Ghost Walk Tour. All the locals have, but that doesn’t mean these spirts are real. Does it?”


An All-American Tribute Visit the Jim Thorpe Memorial to learn about his poignant journey from the reservation to a New York ticker-tape parade. Learn how our community helped revive his memory.

Carleen Ladden Ghost Walk Tour Guide

A handprint on a jail cell wall is still there after 130 years. Tour the Old Jail Museum and find out why.

Sculpture, Jim Thorpe Memorial

Feed the Butterflies There’s actually a dungeon here in Jim Thorpe. See the handprint in Cell 17 and then walk under the gallows where seven of the Molly Maquires were hanged. There are no prisoners here today, at least no living ones.

Grab the kids and flutter over to the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary. “This project has touched my heart and so many others. School children come from all over the region to walk among our butterflies and they always leave with a greater sense of the wonder and beauty available in this world.”

Mari Gruber - the Butterfly Lady


The shops that line the narrow streets of Jim Thorpe aren’t just temporary homes for the beautiful works of art that draw you in, they are their birthplaces as well. See the artists at work. Share in the magic of creation!

Galleries at a Glance Aillinn Brennan Studio: 139 W Broadway Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation: 20 W Broadway Art By Maura: 86 Broadway Black Diamond Gallery: 31 W Broadway Dakota Ridge Gallery: 9 W Broadway Galerie B at Opera House Square: 108 Broadway Gandy Dancer: 12 Hill Rd. Hazard House Gallery: 38 W Broadway Hill Home Forge: 10 Flagstaff Road Opera House Gallery: 14 W Broadway (night of shows) Rosemary Remembrances II: 10 Hill Road Opera Square Ruth Bush Art and Décor: 84B Broadway Sellers Books & Fine Art: 101 Broadway Three Mountains Gallery: 29 Race Street The Victor Stabin Gallery: 268 W Broadway

Penn’s Peak


Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation

Mauch Chunk Opera House

Penn’s Peak

Would it surprise you to learn that a building constructed in the late 1800s can be one of the most acoustically perfect venues in the region? How about a mountaintop music hall where you can see for miles but never have to sit more than a few feet from the stage? Or a quaint town park that’s wired to turn into an outdoor concert venue at the flick of a switch? Prepare to be surprised.

“Discovering wonderful little gems like Jim Thorpe is part of the appeal of touring. We loved the gorgeous drive into the Poconos, so finding this quirky, lovely town full of friendly, down-to-earth people, great shops and good food was an added delight. We love it here. Everyone should make sure to check out who’s performing at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. It is one of our favourite venues in the world. Also, it’s only a short walk over to all of the shops and restaurants in the downtown.” Nicky Mehta - The Wailin’ Jennys


Just because we’re a small town doesn’t mean we’re short on nightlife. Our old world-style pubs and eateries have charm, atmosphere and plenty of personality. Dining

E n t e rta i n m e n t Penn’s Peak is a great place to see a show. Seating over 1500, they feature big names like Bob Weir, Lorretta Lynn and Peter Frampton. Eats and drinks too! And what a view! Just a short drive from the downtown. The Mauch Chunk Opera House has great acoustics and seats 350. Every seat in the house is a good one. Check out the view and sound from the balcony section. After the show meet legends like Richie Havens, the comedian Gallagher and Al Stewart. Afterward, you might see them at the pub!

Moya artful decor, eclectic menu Broadway Grille & Pub uncommon menu and pub delights, late night menu Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse pub food and more Flow at the Stabin Morykin Building innovative, organic Crave at 66 elegant, tasteful, inexpensive Pepperjacks Texican Mexican Antonio’s pizza, subs and dinners Bear Appetit bistro-style meals and take-out Wheel hearty, atmospheric dining

Spirits Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse famous Irish pub Broadway Grille & Pub uncommon cocktails, wine, beer, and late night menu Flow at the Stabin Morykin Building cocktail lounge and outdoor courtyard Azul Cocktail Lounge best Margaritas Libations Lounge relaxed wine tasting Crave at 66 offering fine wines and beer


Olde Time Christmas

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

A Jim Thorpe getaway is always something to celebrate, but if you plan ahead you can take part in one of our many annual festivals. Whether it’s Earth Day, Jim Thorpe’s Birthday, July 4th Celebration, Fall Foliage, Olde Time Christmas or WinterFest, we know how to throw a party. Our St. Patrick’s Day Parade is consistently ranked among the top 10 in the country! Free Fall Foliage Concert

Fall Foliage at Josiah White Park



REGION’S LARGEST MINING COLLECTION! Tools • Fossils • Photographs • Handmade Tools Miners’ Mementos • Gi Shop Plenty of FREE PARKING 9 DOCK STREET OFF ROUTE 209 L ANSFORD, PA 18232 • 570 6457074 Museum Open Year Round: Wed–Sun, Noon–4pm; (Museum open 10am to 4pm on Mine Tour Days)

Mine Tours: May: Fri–Sun, 11am–3pm; June–August: Wed–Sun, 11am–3pm September–October: Sat & Sun only 11am–3pm “A GREAT OUTING FOR KIDS 6 TO 96”


Highest Vertical in PA! High Speed Quad and 6 Pack Lift 5 Terrain Parks • 21 Tubing Slides

It’s The Closest Pocono Ski Area! Toll Free Ski Reports:

1-877-SKI-BLUE 610-826-7700

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Themed Tours

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3-6 Hour Tours • Downtown Walking Tour • Group Tours

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Adult $6 • Senior/Student $5 • Child (6-12) $4



Experience Wonder Bear Mountain

Butterfly Sanctuary

Hang out with REAL BUTTERFLIES in the Beautiful Indoor “Flutterarium”

Watch a Cool Video • Learn Fascinating Science Plan a Butterfly Release or Birthday Party Explore the Monarch Gift Shop • Adopt a Caterpillar Earn a Girl Scout Badge • Have an Unforgettable Time

School, Scout and Other Group Programs On-site May–September Available at your facility year round!


570-325-4848 18 Church Road, Route 903 North of Downtown Jim Thorpe


Preseason Celebration Memorial Day Weekend

No Reservations Needed For Walk–in Hours Every day but Wednesday Seasonal Hours and Fall schedule on Website ww


Visit Unaltered Victorian splendor!

Asa Packer Mansion BUilt in 1861

ome of Asa Packer, philanthropist, railroad magnate, U.S. Congressman, and founder of Lehigh University. See opulent 18 room mansion with original furnishings and get an inside view of the home of one of America’s earliest self made millionaires.


Guided Tours

General admission $8 seniors $7

students $5 children $3 (5 & under)

Group Tours Available

OPEN 7 Days 11–4PM Memorial Day thru Oct. 31 Open Weekends april, May, November

(570) 325-3229



Bach & Handel Chorale

Randall Douglas Perry, Conductor

2012-2013 Season

Christmas Concerts Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 3 PM St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe, PA Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 3 PM St. John’s Lutheran Church 106 Main St., Ringtown, PA Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 3 PM St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 1249 Trexlertown, Rd., Trexlertown, PA

Easter Concert Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 3 PM St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe, PA

Benefit Concert Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 3 PM Location TBA

(570) 325-4794


the Jim Thorpe eXperience - Tours 37 West Broadway Jim Thorpe (484) 225-1209

Guided tours - hike, bike, kayak, snowshoe or walk through the best of this area. Make the most of your visit: take a historic adventure tour with local guides, hear unique tales and learn amazing facts. Don’t get lost, don’t waste time - call for a tour today!

Asa Packer Mansion Jim Thorpe Lions Club PO Box 108 Jim Thorpe (570) 325-3229

This national historic landmark was the home of philanthropist and railroad magnate Asa Packer. A magnificent home built over a cast iron frame, it contains 18 rooms full of original 19th-century furnishings.

St. Marks & St. John’s Episcopal Church 21 Race Street Jim Thorpe

Historical Church Tours: 12 to 4 pm, May 30th–Sept. 3rd, 2012, Wed.–Sun. & Labor Day, Sept. 3rd. Sept. 8th–Oct. 28th, 2012, Sat & Sun only & Columbus Day, Oct 8th. Exclusion date: Sept. 22nd. Donation $5 per person. For group tours, please contact office (570) 325-2241 or call John (570) 249-0258. Sunday Church Services 8 am & 9:30 am

Jim Thorpe Rotary Club Ghost Walks (570) 325-2346 Join a costumed GhostGuide on Friday and Saturday evenings, September 7 through December 15, for a one-hour, one-mile round-trip walk on Broadway starting at the Inn. Check our website for dates and times and more details and call or email for reservations.

Jim Thorpe Van Tours (484) 226-0007 TownTours.html

See It All In The Comfort of Our High Top Shuttle

A guided shuttle tour is the best way to get a straightforward overview of the many Jim Thorpe attractions. We’ll escort you to some hidden treasures and reveal their distinctive past. Explore the town with a delightful blend of history and humor.

No 9 Mine & Museum 9 Dock Street Lansford (570) 645-7074

Explore the world’s oldest continuously-operated anthracite coal mine (1855-1972). Ride by rail into the mine and enjoy a walking tour to experience the adventures of a deep coal miner. Seasonal hours.

Old Jail Museum 128 West Broadway Jim Thorpe (570) 325-5259

Wander the Old Jail’s cold hallways, past Cell 17 with its mysterious handprint on the wall, under the gallows on which seven of the accused Molly Maguires were put to death, and down into the eerie dungeon.


The train departs from Jim Thorpe train station, Weekends and Holidays, Memorial Day through December. Bring the whole family for a spectacular one-hour ride into the Lehigh Gorge State Park.

Pocono Whitewater 1519 State Route 903 Jim Thorpe (800) WHITEWATER

Pocono Whitewater mild to wild rafting and kayaking trips, family trips, scenic and relaxed premier rail-trail biking excursions, and adrenalinefilled action in our Skirmish paintball games.

Galen Glen Winery 255 Winter Mountain Drive Andreas (570) 386-3682

We’re proud to handcraft affordable and award-winning wines, designed to be appreciated by the novice and connoisseur alike.




PO Box 91 Jim Thorpe (570) 325-8485


Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway


Whitewater Rafting Adventures Just 3 miles from Historic Downtown Jim Thorpe (800) 876-0285

Thrilling whitewater in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Enjoy lots of action with class II and III rapids. Summer Fun Float trips are a great way to spend a hot summer day. Visit Adventurerafting. com or call us at 800-876-0285.

Bach & Handel Chorale

810 Carbon Avenue Jim Thorpe (570) 325-4794 Dedicated to the production and preservation of sacred music. Exquisite local voices dedicated to the works Bach, Handel and other masters.

Black Diamond Gallery

Ron Chupp 31 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe (570) 325-5215 Discover one of Jim Thorpe’s most diverse galleries. Hand-printed lithographs, monotypes, paintings and other surprises. A half-block past Opera House Square, on the left.

Dakota Ridge Gallery

JTAMS Productions

Fine art photographs from artists throughout the United States. Genres ranging from Ansel Adams-style landscapes to archival digital prints. Contemporary photography from emerging and mid-career artists at the best prices.

JTAMS Productions presents all events at the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 West Broadway including rock, folk, classical, jazz and dance. JTAMS provides a full range of production, artist management, recording and event publicity service for Opera House and private events.

Therapy Option

Deer Path Riding Stable

9 West Broadway Jim Thorpe (570) 325-2082 Nancy Porambo has operated The Therapy Option, Inc., in Jim Thorpe for over 20 years. Specializing in the St. John Method of neuromuscular massage therapy, she teaches massagerelated classes throughout the United States. Her philosophy is to provide clients with the finest possible care in the industry. Call (570) 325-9477 and

13 West Broadway Jim Thorpe (570) 325-0249

Located 6 miles west of Jack Frost Ski Area on Route 940 (570) 443-4431 Scenic guided trail rides through the Pocono forests. Gentle horses and helpful guides. We love beginners!


Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary

18 Church Road Penn Kidder Township Jim Thorpe (570) 325-4848 Ultimate butterfly experience, indoor “Flutterarium”, natured-based education center and gift shop just outside of town.

Cornerstone Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork 70 Rosa Lane Lehighton (484) 347-6228

Jim Thorpe’s 1881 Live Performance Venue

Mauch Chunk Opera House

For Tickets Call (570) 325-0249

The foundation for a new beginning. Brian Deebel, B.S., LMT, Member ABMP. Hours by appointment. bdeebel@ Member CCCC.

Blue Mountain Ski (610) 826-7700

We offer the best skiing, snowboarding and Pennsylvania family vacation in the Poconos! We’re a year-round facility, with concerts, downhill mountain biking, disc golf, and corporate meetings and special events. Let us take care of your wedding! Get all the details at or call us at (610) 826-7700.


A Bird’s Nest of a Place

Victorian hotels catered to their every need, while German breweries catered to their every thirst.

by Nancy Zeigler

The architecture reflected the growing wealth of the town’s inhabitants. While millionaire entrepreneurs and business owners built mansions along Broadway, families such as the Packers expressed their superiority by building the biggest, most expensive houses on the town’s most visible promontory, overlooking their workers and impressing all who entered Mauch Chunk by land, rail or river. Public buildings – from Italianate banks to Romanesque court houses – reflected the town’s need to convey a worldly sophistication to visitors and residents alike. Recently built (i.e. mid19th century) existing structures, stylistically outdated by only a few years, received Italianate facelifts, complete with bracketed cornices. Other houses grew new third stories, sometimes capped with Mansard roofs. Middle class neighbors, in their eternal quest to keep up with the Joneses, added Victorian ornament – from ornate porch railings to turrets – in an effort to secure their place in Mauch Chunk society.

Old Mauch Chunk and Its Architecture

away and protected by the dramatic TJimucked folds of several steep mountains, the town of Thorpe sits quietly on the banks of the Lehigh River and looks much as it did 150 years ago, when carriages clattered down its streets, train cars chugged along its steel rails, and barges floated down its river. Coal was King back then, and it was one of most prosperous coal transportation towns in the country.

Today the railroad barons and coal miners are long gone, but Jim Thorpe’s charming Victorian architecture and its quaint streets remain, echoing the spirit of a town (formerly known as Mauch Chunk), that was once, and still is, thriving and lively. During its early days as the settlement of Coalville in the first decade of the 19th century, the town grew from a cluster of creek-side buildings that housed coal miners and mill workers to a larger village that was subsequently named Mauch Chunk, the Native American word for sleeping bear. In the 1820’s, after Josiah White, Erskine Hazard and George Hauto created the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company and the Switchback Gravity Railroad to transport anthracite coal, thousands of immigrants flooded the area to work in the coal industry. Other businesses grew in tandem with their company, including mills, hotels, several breweries and iron ore furnaces. In 1843, Mauch Chunk became the seat of Carbon County, furthering its reputation as a center of industry and commerce. After a series of fires and floods during the mid19th century wiped out many of Mauch Chunk’s early buildings, a major re-building campaign and subsequent construction boom replaced the damaged structures and expanded the town’s boundaries to nearly what they are today. This phenomenal growth, which lasted for decades, was a direct result of Asa Packer’s successful Lehigh Valley Railroad and the population explosion that ensued. It kept armies of builders busy for years constructing hundreds of houses, shops, hotels, churches and public buildings to keep up with the demands of the expanding economy. By the end of the 19th century, the town’s healthy economy was fueled, in part, by tourism, which promoted Mauch Chunk as the “Switzerland of America.” With thousands of tourists descending upon the town to enjoy a ride on the thrilling Switchback Gravity Railroad or breathe the fresh mountain air, grand new

Although the grand houses of Mauch Chunk’s ruling elite are the most visible, the majority of the town’s 19th-century housing is that of the working and merchant classes. While many merchants, professionals, shop keepers, factory managers and brewery owners occupied the larger brick and frame houses around Opera House Square and West Broadway, many other residents of the same class wandered further afield, closer to their businesses in Upper and East Mauch Chunk. Laborers, miners and factory workers settled in small frame houses and rooming houses throughout East, West and Upper Mauch Chunk, close to their places of employment and within their own tightly-knit subcommunities, with their own churches, shops and services within several blocks of their home. Today, the town looks much like it did when Eli Bowen described it in 1852 in his Pictorial Sketchbook of Pennsylvania, “It is a bird’s nest of a place – hemmed in by high and steep mountains on all sides…The houses, which are generally very neat and credible structures, are built on the sides of the mountain…”* Bound by its surrounding topography, next to the river and between the mountains, Jim Thorpe has blissfully escaped the suburban sprawl that has infected most of America. A virtual time capsule of American Victorian architecture, Jim Thorpe is undoubtedly the best preserved 19th-century town in Pennsylvania. *Source: Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania: “An Image Preserved”


No modern-era athlete embodies the pure joy of competition the way Jim Thorpe did. At the 1912 Stockholm Olympics he accomplished the never-to-be-duplicated feats of winning both the pentathlon and decathlon. As a football player at the Carlisle School, he was unparalleled. He played major league baseball for over six years, hitting .327 his last year. He dazzled on the back of a horse, on the ballroom dance floor, and even at bowling, where he averaged over 200. Despite his celebrity, Jim Thorpe was unassuming. At the ticker tape parade held in his honor in New York City after his Olympic victories, he is said to have remarked that he never knew he had so many friends. President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “Here and there, there are some people who are supremely endowed. My memory goes back to Jim Thorpe. He never practiced in his life, and he could do anything better than any other football player I ever saw.� After his death in 1953, Jim Thorpe’s third wife, Patricia, in search of a proper tribute to her husband, moved his body to Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania and, in return, the struggling town changed its name. While he never lived in Mauch Chunk, it is fitting that he is memorialized here, in the state where he spent his proudest years, in the town that changed its name to his.


Jim Thorpe has many tastes for many palettes



You know you’re going to be hungry. That’s why we’ve prepared everything from soup to nuts.


In a world dominated by fast food, Jim Thorpe remains a haven for those who believe meals should be about quality, relaxation and conversation. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or simply an impromptu gathering, we have the eateries for a great dining experience.

Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse


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Our Aroma Brings You In, Our Flavors Bring You Back Pastry Chef - Frank Bradley

Fresh Baked Daily

Breads • Danish Buns • Donuts Specialty Diet Items Pies • Cakes & More! 529 North Street & 38 Broadway (behind Mulligan’s) Jim Thorpe 570.732.4334

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24 Race Street Jim Thorpe (570) 325-8530 Experience innovative, eclectic cuisine in a warm, relaxing atmosphere. Moya is located across from St. Mark’s church on charming Race St, just a short walk from everything! Open for dinner. Reservations recommended.

3 Kids Bake House

529 North Street & 38 Broadway Jim Thorpe (570) 732-4334 Offering a wide variety of bake goods to satisfy you all day long. Start your day with breakfast Danish, sticky buns, donuts or snow shoe buns. For dessert choose from pies, cupcakes, and wedding bells. Also carrying stromboli, pepperoni bread and tomato pie. Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and sugar-free items available.

The Restaurant at the Station

18 N. Railroad Street Tamaqua (570) 668-5020 Enjoy fine American cuisine while dining in our beautiful indoor area decorated with train station memorabilia and pictures.

Wheel Restaurant on Broadway

107 Broadway Jim Thorpe (570) 732-4264 Fine dining with owner Tom Gorman. From the Lobster Mac and Cheese to the Rack of Lamb, you’re in for a treat. Innovative and relaxed. Reservations recommended.

Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse 5 Hazard Square Jim Thorpe (570) 325-4563

It’s Jim Thorpe’s oldest saloon. An old European pub atmosphere with a casual but innovative pub-style menu and daily entree specials. Dine outside in the spring, summer and fall.

Broadway Grille & Pub 24 Broadway, at the Inn Jim Thorpe (570) 732-4343

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. Hearty breakfasts; wood-grilled steaks, chops and seafood; pastas, salads, sandwiches and snacks; uncommon and classic cocktails, extensive wine and beer lists. Cozy, casual, hip atmosphere with gas fireplaces and Victorian charm.

Macaluso’s Restaurant

Minutes from Jim Thorpe on Route 209 South Nesquehoning (570) 669-9433 Experience the quality and ambiance of a big-city restaurant in the relaxed atmosphere of the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania.

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Relax, we’ve got you covered.

Part of the magic of Jim Thorpe is that you can feel right at home at the same time you feel immersed in a whole new world. That’s because whether you stay at a historic inn, a quaint bed and breakfast or one of the area’s outstanding hotels, you’ll find the staff glad to see you and ready to serve. Find out how comfortable you can be by staying with us.


• Free high speed internet access • Indoor swimming pool, whirlpool & fitness center • W hirlpool suites & extended stay suite also available • Complimentary deluxe breakfast

• Near white water rafting, mountain biking, skiing & paintball • 65 guest rooms & suites all include refridgerator and microwave

Sunny Rest Resort

A Clothing Optional Vacation 425 Sunny Rest Rd Palmerton, PA 18071 1-866-SUNNY50 or 610-377-2911

only 7 miles from Jim Thorpe! free Complimentary Day Visit or 50% off Room or Camping For a Single, Couple, or Family Must be used between May 18 to Sept 16, 2012 Please Show Coupon upon Registration. Sunny Rest Resort Palmerton, PA Jim Thorpe Visitors’ Guide 2012 Coupon is for First Time Visitors Only Not Valid Holiday Weekends for Rooms

New Conversation Pool

Streakers Pool Bar

Heated Swimming Pool Heated Conversation Pool Restaurant & Pool Bar Night Club w/ DJ Hot Tub, Gym & Sauna Sand Volleyball Court Tennis Courts Nature Trails Rooms & Campsites Special Weekend Events


The Harry Packer Mansion Inn


Libations Lounge

Murder Mystery Weekends Offering fine wine, beer Overnight Lodging and spirits in a setting Self-Guided Tours unlike any other. Private Functions (570) 325-8566


Mahoning Inn

71 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive East Lehighton (610) 377-1600 34 newly renovated rooms. All have A/C, data port, phone, refrigerator and TV with cable and free HBO. Rooms with microwave, larger 27” TV, hair dryer available on request, VCR available to rent onsite.

Jim Thorpe Camping Resort 129 Lentz Trail Jim Thorpe (570) 325-2644

Situated within the town limits of historic Jim Thorpe, this 28-acre wooded campground offers every modern convenience the camping family could desire.

Country Inn & Suites

Hampton Inn Lehighton

Hot continental breakfast. Pool and hot tub open 6 AM to 12 AM. Clean, comfortable and friendly. Whether your trip is for business or fun, we know you’re looking for a soft place to land at the end of the day.

Six miles from historic Jim Thorpe, 14 miles from Blue Mountain Ski Resort, 31 miles from Pocono Raceway. Indoor swimming pool, spa tub, fitness center, buffet breakfast, wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. 100% nonsmoking.

Sunny Rest Resort

Hillcrest, an English B&B

A clothing optional vacation. Rooms & camping; 2 heated pools, restaurant & pool bar, night club, volleyball & tennis, hot tub, sauna and gym.

Hillcrest is an 1892 Queen Anne home with queen canopy beds, private baths. Meriel Springer, from Hampshire, England, is your hostess. We have off-street parking, bicycle and ski storage.

Inn at Jim Thorpe


Old world charm. Modern amenities. Heart of the historic district. Elegant rooms & mini-suites with fireplaces & whirlpools, plus pampering spa services. Relax on our grand balcony & dine in our on-site restaurant, the Broadway Grille & Pub. Special getaway packages available year-round. AAA approved.

Whether you wish to spend the night, a weekend, or relax for an extended stay in Jim Thorpe, we provide you with a lovely, private and tasteful suite. Three spacious bedrooms, a large kitchen, and a newly renovated full bath provide the setting for your home away from home. A short walk to everything!

1619 Interchange Road Lehighton (610) 379-5066

425 Sunny Rest Road Palmerton (610) 377-2911

24 Broadway Jim Thorpe (800) 329-2599

Jim Thorpe Beds & Breakfasts 10 Flagstaff Road Jim Thorpe (570) 325-3673

Visit our website for a directory of beds and breakfasts in the greater Jim Thorpe area. Elegant Victorians, woodland retreats, romantic luxury suites, cozy and charming cottages, family friendly guest houses, something just right for you.

877 Interchange Road Lehighton (610) 377-3400

12 Chestnut Avenue Jim Thorpe (570) 325-9815 or (610) 392-1984

12 &14 Race Street Jim Thorpe (570) 325-3590

Mary’s Guesthouse 39 West Broadway Jim Thorpe (570) 325-5354

Comfortable, clean and inexpensive! Family and Group-friendly lodging, Couples & Travelers, too! Full kitchen, dining/living areas: home-away-fromhome for weekends or a week. Rent a room or the house: sleeps up to 10. Great location near shops, restaurants, attractions, and adventures.


Hotel Switzerland

5 Hazard Square Jim Thorpe (570) 325-4563 180 years of Victorian charm, affordable, centrally located. Rooms as low as $80 per night. Non-smoking, pet friendly. Speak with our friendly staff to help find the right room for you. For more information visit or call (570) 325-4563.

Rosemary Remembrances II Guest Lodging

10 Hill Rd on Opera House Square, Jim Thorpe (570) 325-4452 rental.html Stay one night to thirty in a private studio with queen bed. Self-catered breakfast. One off-street parking space in the heart of Jim Thorpe, PA.

Don Laine Campgrounds 790 - 57 Drive Palmerton (610) 381-3381

Located at the foothills of the Poconos near Beltzville Lake. Wooded & open sites, planned activities, country and oldies music, bands, DJ’s, full hookups, laundry, snack bar, pool, rec hall, playground and store. For reservations call: (800) 635-0152.

Harry Packer Mansion Inn

Packer Hill Jim Thorpe (570) 325-8566 Experience Victorian grandeur while enjoying first-class amenities. The Harry Packer Mansion Bed and Breakfast is the perfect setting for Murder Mystery Weekends. We’re anything but spooky if you prefer a romantic getaway.

While in Jim Thorpe, be sure to visit the final resting place of the Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century.

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Balcony at The Inn at Jim Thorpe

Stroll our town and browse our shops. You’ll have no problem finding the perfect gift.

If you love to shop, you’ll want to stay in Jim Thorpe forever. Don’t expect the typical tourist trinkets here. Our artists and craftspeople work all year to fill our shops with one-of-a-kind treasures you won’t find anywhere else. Take the day and stroll along the narrow streets of our town, taking extra care not to miss a single shop window. What you find will delight you.

Homespun Inn

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Closed Tuesdays



Dreisbach House 62 Broadway Jim Thorpe (570) 325-2638


Vintage apparel and jewelry. A longtime favorite Jim Thorpe shopping experience with visitors and locals alike. Located downtown right next to Dugan’s Corner Store.

Naturally Yours

103 Broadway Jim Thorpe (570) 325-8209 An eco-boutique providing sustainable goods for low-impact living. We carry fair trade, eco-friendly items, such as organic cotton or bamboo clothing, natural personal care and cleaning items, jewelry and more.

Hill Home Forge

10 Flagstaff Road Jim Thorpe (570) 325-0216

Take a tour of our extensive stained glass collection. We have a museum shop where we sell handmade jewelry, lampworked beads, and sculpture. Learn how to make a sun catcher. We offer classes for beginners through advanced glass workers

Serendipity 67 Race Street Jim Thorpe (570) 573-4413

One of the historic Race Street shops. An unexpected happy discovery of rare and old books, bottles, antiques, gifts, collectibles and custom-made jewelry using precious metals and stones, silver and goldsmithing, lapidary, gems and minerals.

Rainbows End 46 Broadway Jim Thorpe (570) 325-9150

Step back in time-remember the quiet days gone by and your corner candy store. Our old-fashioned store will capture this feeling, when you walk into Rainbow’s End candy, ice cream and gift shop in the heart of downtown Jim Thorpe. Sit down and enjoy the sweets you remember.

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Everything Nice

Hooven Building adjacent to Train Station Jim Thorpe (570) 325-2248 Quaint gift shop located in the heart of Jim Thorpe offering a wide selection of items including country décor, candles, toys, souvenirs, children’s books, and lots more. Over 10,000 items on display. Twenty-eight years in operation.


81 Broadway Jim Thorpe (570) 325-2224 Ear wraps and vines. Loving Family Pendants, Caren Body Products, Holly Yashi, Milessa & Doug Puzzles. Featuring jewelry design from over 100 artists. Also, handbags and personal care items.

The Country Cottage 37 Race Street Jim Thorpe (570) 325-3836 (800) 304-8522

Home of the Blue Ribbon Pickle! Gourmet food mixes, homemade canned goods and great finds for your home, such as cookbooks, old kitchen gadgets. Visit our second floor Christmas room. Open 6 days a week, Tuesdays by chance,


33 1/2 Broadway Jim Thorpe (570) 325-3441 Mulligan’s collection includes some of the best-loved and most popular retro toys and games ever made, as well as quirky novelties. We also carry many beautiful and colorful unique gift items. Be sure to visit our “black light” room offering the latest in light show technology.

Country Junction 6565 Interchange Road Lehighton (610) 377-5050

Shop at the world’s largest general store, on over 2 acres. Flowers, gifts, furniture, pets, candy, homemade fudge, and tons more. Free petting zoo and wildlife exhibits. Farmer’s Market every weekend. Only 12 miles from Jim Thorpe, on Route 209 South.


Soundcheck Records 23 Broadway, Jim Thorpe (570) 325-4009 email:

Soundcheck Records is a traditional full-service independent record shop. Browse through our selection of new and used vinyl and CDs, in addition to our concert DVDs, T-Shirts, novelties and accessories. Didn’t see what you want? Ask to have it ordered. Special orders are no problem!

The Quiltery

410 Bridge Street Weissport (610) 377-5590 8,000 Square feet of antiques and consignments. It’s the largest shop in the Jim Thorpe area! Wednesday thru Saturday 10-5 PM, Sunday 11-4PM.

Grammy Bea’s Country Store 4 Acorn Court Jim Thorpe (570) 952-5701

Offering a variety of country decor and unique specialty items, including American custom-made pottery, jewelry, dolls, and many more oneof-a-kind items. See Jim Thorpe’s underground stream first-hand in our beautiful courtyard. Located between Broadway and Race Street.

Scentimental Journey Douglas House Marketplace 77 Broadway/62 Race Street Jim Thorpe - 2nd Floor (570) 732-4414

Premium hand–poured candles, wax melts, beeswax candles and ornaments, a large selection of wax melters and much more! Over 75 scents to choose from. Come in and Smell the Difference. Visit the home of the Wax Dipped Pinecone!

The Gandy Dancer

Hazard House Gallery

Specializing in local in-town and landscape photography and old restored railroad photos. This is a wonderful place to bring home some local history.

Paintings that reflect towards the edge of abstraction, with a reality unique to each viewer’s memories and experiences. My work is also represented in private and corporate collections throughout the world.

12 Hill Road at Opera House Square Jim Thorpe (610) 533-3556

Joel Le Bow 38 West Broadway Jim Thorpe (570) 325-8778

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While in Jim Thorpe, stop by the Railroad Station Visitors Center to learn more about the Pocono Mountains. C all 570.325.3673 for immediate information




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East 10th Street Jim Thorpe (570) 657-1356 or (570) 325-4546 Memorial Hall is an affordable events venue offering flexibility and versatility. We are dedicated to our customers and will produce an event that is individually designed for you.

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Mauch Chunk Historical Society 14 West Broadway PO Box 273 Jim Thorpe, PA (570) 325-4439

Since our founding in 1973, we have been actively involved in giving our past a future. We have renovated two historic landmarks: the Marion Hose building and the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Giving Our Past a Future.

Mountain Vista Realty 201 North Street, Suite 1 Jim Thorpe (570) 325-8788 (800) 435-1042

Full-service real estate office. MLS listings. Local knowledge and experience to deliver the best results for anyone interested in the Jim Thorpe real estate market.

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Mauch Chunk Trust Company

Jim Thorpe National Bank

MCT has operated as a full-service, independent, locally-owned community bank for more than 100 years and has 6 convenient branch office locations throughout the area.

Proudly investing in our local communities for over 100 years! Convenient 24-hour ATM service.

Connor Portraits

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce

12 Broadway (Main Office) Jim Thorpe (570) 325-3631

1111 North Street Jim Thorpe (570) 325-BANK

364 North 1st Street Lehighton (610) 577-0305

110 North Third Street Suites 216 & 217 Lehighton (610) 379-5000

Nationally published wedding and portrait photographer. Magazine quality, NYC & LA photography right here in Carbon County. You are beautiful... Why shouldn’t your pictures be?

Attractions, outdoor recreation, inspiring arts, local and national entertainment, unique accommodations, quaint shopping and distinctive dining. Something for everyone.

Mauch Chunk Ballroom

Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau, Inc.

An elegant and intimate space where memories are made. Full service wedding and event facility featuring an in-house event planner, homemade cuisine, spacious room with 22’ ceilings, and more!

The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) is a private, non-profit, membership organization established in 1934. The official tourism promotion agency and destination marketing organization for the Pocono Mountains Region of Carbon, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne Counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Canyon Rim Estates & Sierra Vista Estates

Hugh D. Dugan Real Estate

800-Poconos (762-6667)

41 West Broadway Jim Thorpe (484) 629-5070

(610) 554-4951 (570) 669-6696

We offer buyers awesome view lots; optional services include energy efficient green home construction and comprehensive home care.

405 Center Street Jim Thorpe (570) 325-8500

Serving buyers and sellers in Carbon and Schuylkill counties of Pennsylvania since 1984. We deliver extra service to our clients and customers.



These businesses are members of the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce

1. Pocono Biking 3. Everything Nice 4. Highland Beverage 6. Pufferbelly’s 7. Homespun 8. Nature’s Trail 9. Past & Presents 10. Mauch Chunk 5 & 10 11. General Emporium of Curious Goods 12. Sound Check Records 14. The Gem Shop 17. Mulligan’s Toys 18. Dugan’s Store 19. Dreisbach House 20. Big Creek Winery 21. Country Cottage 22. Soapothecary 24. Serendipity 25. Grammy Bea’s Gift Shop 25A. Doc Baker’s Healing Ctr 26. Chatelaine 27. M. Monteleone Designs 29. Naturally Yours 30. Natural Impressions 36. Rosemary Remembrances II 37. Selective Eye 38. Opera Square Gifts 39. Jim Thorpe Flooring

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Subway Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse Broadway Grille & Pub Moya Rainbow’s End Bear Appetit Cafe Antonio’s Pizzeria Crave at 66 Wheel Restaurant Flow

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Three Mountains Gallery Ruth Bush Art & Décor Art by Maura Sellers Fine Art Gallerie B Rosemary Remembrances II Gandy Dancer Dakota Ridge Gallery Artefino, Inc. Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation Black Diamond Gallery Hazard House Gallery Out of the Blue Victor Stabin Gallery

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Hotel Switzerland Homespun Inn The Inn at Jim Thorpe Suites at 55 Rendon House Suites on Broadway Rosemary Remembrances II DeFeo’s Manor B&B Van Pelt’s Guesthouse Mary’s Guesthouse The Parsonage Gilded Cupid Broadway House Times House Harry Packer Mansion Hillcrest

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Asa Packer Mansion Harry Packer Mansion Tour Town Van Tours JTX Tours St. Mark’s Chuch Tours Ghost Tours Mauch Chunk Museum Old Jail Museum Segway and Pinzgauer Tours

Jim Thorpe Visitors Guide 2012  
Jim Thorpe Visitors Guide 2012