Jim Thorpe in Carbon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Mansion House
"The class that resort here are select, intelligent, of quiet, unostentatious manners, who mostly come here for health and to admire and study the wonders and beauties of nature..."
The Health and Pleasure-Seeker's Guide, 1874
By the 1870s, Mauch Chunk "the Switzerland of America" was among the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. The mountain scenery, cool summer breezes, Glen Onoko's waterfalls, and the thrilling eight-mile ride on the Switchback Railroad attracted thousands of visitors. From the Lehigh Valley Railroad station, a short walk or carriage ride across the nearby bridge over the Lehigh River took visitors to Mauch Chunk's best hotel, the Mansion House. From its 185 guest rooms and numerous balconies, guests could survey the spectacular landscape natural and manmade. The mountain towering right behind shaded the hotel from the afternoon summer sun, keeping "the rooms delightfully cool and pleasant."
The Mansion House opened in 1825, only a few years after anthracite was first hauled down from the mines to the boats that carried it to Philadelphia. As anthracite streamed out
Erected 2019 by Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania State Parks, and Carbon County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1825.
Location. 40° 51.714′ N, 75° 44.276′ W. Marker is in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, in Carbon County. Marker can be reached from Susquehanna Street (U.S. 209) 0.1 miles south of Race Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is mounted on the trail railing near the west end of the pedestrian bridge that carries the Delaware & Lehigh Trail across the Lehigh River from the Jim Thorpe/Mauch Chunk Railroad Station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Susquehanna Street, Jim Thorpe PA 18229, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coal Transport in Mauch Chunk (within shouting Dams Made the Lehigh Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Mauch Chunk Railroad Station (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Anthracite (about 500 feet away); From Mountain to Market (about 500 feet away); Packer Mansion (about 500 feet away); Carbon County (about 700 feet away); The Soldiers and Sailors Monument (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jim Thorpe.
1. Improper Recognition
The remnant is presently Highland Beverage on Susquehanna Street.
— Submitted January 8, 2022.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 30, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 6, 7. submitted on November 23, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.