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Jim Thorpe

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Historic Sites · History Museums · River Rafting & Tubing
Jim Thorpe is a borough and the county seat of Carbon County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The population was 4,781 at the 2010 census. The town has been called the "Switzerland of America" due to the picturesque scenery, mountainous location, and architecture; as well as the "Gateway to the Poconos." It is in eastern Pennsylvania about north of Philadelphia and west of New York City. This town is also historically known as the burial site for the body of Native American sports legend Jim Thorpe.HistoryJim Thorpe was founded as Mauch Chunk, a name derived from the term Mawsch Unk in the language of the native Munsee-Lenape Delaware peoples: possibly a reference to Bear Mountain, an extension of Mauch Chunk Ridge that resembled a sleeping bear, or perhaps the original profile of the ridge, which has since been changed heavily by 220 years of mining. The company town was founded by Josiah White and his two partners, founders of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company . The town would be the lower terminus of a gravity railroad, the Summit Hill & Mauch Chunk Railroad, which would bring coal to the head of the Lehigh Canal for transshipment to the Delaware River, 43km downstream. It would thereby connect LC&N's coal mines to Philadelphia, Trenton, New York City, and other large cities in New Jersey and Delaware, and by ocean to the whole East Coast.
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Historic Site
Asa Packer Mansion
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
Old Jail Museum
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Monument
Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
Episcopal Parish of St. Mark and St. John
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Jim Thorpe

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Theme Park
Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg
4.7
Duration: 8 hours
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Water Park
Kalahari Waterparks Pocono Manor
3.4
Duration: 8 hours
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Waterfall
Bushkill Falls Bushkill
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Jim Thorpe

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Spa
Jim Thorpe Massage & Wellness Studio
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Spa / Wellness
Jim Thorpe Yoga and Wellness
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
The Emporium Of Curious Goods
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Jim Thorpe

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Sellers Books & Fine Art
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Rainbows End
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Wildlife in Jim Thorpe

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Wildlife Area
Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Jim Thorpe

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Historic Site
DeFeo's Manor
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Sightseeing Tour
Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Water Park
Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark Tannersville
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Ski Area
Camelback Mountain Ski Resort Tannersville
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Casino
Mount Airy Casino Mount Pocono
3.1
Duration: 2 hours

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