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Jim Thorpe (Mauch Chunk)

The county seat of Carbon County, nestled in a mountain gorge connected to the Lehigh River Gorge. The town was renamed to honor the famous native American athlete in the 1950s, at least in part to try and make the town a tourist destination. Houses set into the sides of steep hills have led to the title "Switzerland of America", a bit of hyperbole, but well-intended!

In the 1800s, the town was a center of coal mining and related transportation. Purportedly in the 1860s there were about a dozen millionaires living here. There are many buildings from the period, including a church with work by Louis Tiffany, that illustrate those best of times. Today there are numerous shops, eating places and a series of events to interest tourists, in addition to rail excursions and access to a multi-use trail northward through the rugged Lehigh Gorge.

Ye Olde Photographer arrived here unexpectedly, driving further than intended seeking dinner. The lighting was less than optimum late on a hazy summer afternoon, so consider these tourist snapshots in a style of yore!

Downtown
Downtown
Harry Packer Mansion
Harry Packer Mansion
Carriage House
Carriage House
House on a Hill
House on a Hill
Mauch Chunk Cemetery
Mauch Chunk Cemetery
Mauch Chunk Cemetery
Mauch Chunk Cemetery
Courthouse Tower
Courthouse Tower
Monument
Monument
CRRNJ Station
CRRNJ Station
CRRNJ Station and Park
CRRNJ Station and Park
CRRNJ  Station
CRRNJ Station
Blue Mountain & Northern Diesels
Blue Mountain & Northern Diesels