We visit Jim Thorpe, PA

We spent a great day earlier this week in Jim Thorpe, PA. The town is only 50 miles west of Stroudsburg but a century removed. Formerly known as Mauch Chunk,, it was a coal loading place on the Lehigh river. The Lehigh Valley Railroad started freight and passenger service in 1855 and the place was called the Switzerland of America and had many millionaires mansions. In 1954, The communities of East Mauch Chunk and Mauch Chunk were combined under the name of Jim Thorpe and the famous athletes remains were brought here from Oklahoma. Now it is a popular tourist attraction and the river is a great source of recreation.

Coming into town from the east

The memorial and grave are located just north of East Jim Thorpe
This river rafting activity was on the river side of the municipal parking lot. $5.00/day
This is the original train depot, now home to the Lehigh Gorge Railway which makes 1 hour trips up the gorge on weekends. We’ll try to get time to do this later in the month.
 We took a walk up broadway and it got steeper and steeper
 The next several frames are all about the restorred victorian buildings in the town

 The original fire department

 City Hall
 These three pictures are the front of the prison at the top of Broadway

We had a great tour here. Local high school girls are the tour guides.
 There were 3 women’s cells on the second floor

 Looking out from the inside of one of the dungeon cells
 Reproduction of the gallows where 7 of the infamous “Molly McGuires” were hung

 The 2 story cell block

 We plan to return to Jim Thorpe to tour some other areas of town and one of the millionaire’s mansions.

Author: John Huggins

John is a retired Navy Electronics Technician Chief. He traded the Navy adventure for a job in manufacturing quality assurance in 1986, and traded the job for the RV adventure in early 2005. Kathy has held jobs in the medical office arena as well as raising two sons. We now have 5 grand children and one great grand child.We have done much volunteer work since hitting the road including working at the Escapees CARE center in Livingston, Texas. We also are registered Red Cross disaster volunteers, and served in a Hurricane Katrina shelter in San Antonio, Texas.Our connection to Sarasota started in 1995 when John was transferred from New Jersey to work for Electro Corporation, later to become a division of Honeywell. He retired in 2004 and we bought our motorhome and hit the road.We are life members of the Escapees RV Club, as well as members of Good Sam Club and Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA). We hold campground memberships in Thousand Trails, RPI, and Passport America. Our home park is Hart Ranch in Rapid City, SD.Lately, we have worked in campgrounds in PA, IL, SD, AZ, and FL.Nowadays, we have become podcasters, broadcasting our show, Living the RV Dream on the internet. We also have this blog we are having fun with. Check out our Books page for our books on RVing and Workamping.