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Discover Jim Thorpe, PA

612Jim Thorpe Borough is the county seat of Carbon County with a population of 4,781 people. Referred to as the “Switzerland of America” because of its picturesque scenery and mountainous location and architecture, Jim Thorpe is a popular tourist attraction and also the “Gateway to the Poconos.”
Founded as Mauch Chunk in 1818, its name was derived from the term “bear  mountain” as its local mountain resembled a sleeping bear. The town was founded by Josiah White, founder of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company, and it rapidly became a railroad and coal-shipping center. It was later renamed for renowned athlete
and Olympic Medal winner, Jim Thorpe, after his death in 1953.

Plan Your Visit:

Jim Thorpe is home to various small businesses, quaint shoppes, fabulous
restaurants, historical landmarks and other tourist attractions like the Jim Thorpe
Memorial, the Harry Packer Mansion, the Asa Packer Mansion, the Mauch Chunk Train Station
and the Mauch Chunk Museum, just to name a few.

There is plenty of fun in store for you in Jim Thorpe, PA! Plan your visit by downloading your
FREE Find Your Fun 
Visitors Guide or by using the Quick Links on this page.

You can also feel free to contact or visit our Visitors Information Center for more information:

Old Mauch Chunk Train Station & Visitors Information Center
Lehigh Avenue, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229 | Call: 570-325-3673
Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday 9:30am to 4:30pm

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