Jim Thorpe (formerly Mauch Chunk), the county seat of Carbon County, is located at the foot of the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania, about 90 minutes north of Philadelphia. A small town of approximately 5000 people, it has a history rich in tradition, ranging from the beginning of the coal mining era in Pennsylvania, through the Industrial Revolution to its present-day rebirth as a tourist attraction. Its Victorian architecture, antique and craft shops, fall foliage train rides and fine restaurants offer many sights and experiences for the traveler. Cultural events such as the Bach and Handel Chorale, Laurel Fest, various art shows and the festive Christmas atmosphere also bring many visitors to the town.
Jim Thorpe has become a main tourist attraction in Pennsylvania, and there is much to see and do all year round. The town has a Victorian atmosphere which is reflected in its architecture and antiques. One of the prettiest times of the year to visit Jim Thorpe is in the fall, when the foliage is at its peak of autumnal color. As you drive through the mountain roads admiring the scenery, take note of the Lehigh River that runs through the town and between the mountains. Once a major navigational channel for sending coal downriver to Bethlehem Steel, it has become a Mecca for whitewater rafting enthusiasts.
Author: D. N. Rassokhin. Last modified: July 26, 2002