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Jim Thorpe in Carbon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Mansion House

1825-1929

 
 
The Mansion House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2019
1. The Mansion House Marker
Inscription.  "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
Marker detail: 1860's Lithograph image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: 1860's Lithograph
This lithograph from the 1860's shows the variety of transportation types in the Lehigh River Valley. Note the wall that separates the canal and railroad below the Train Station, which still exists above the water treatment plant and original pedestrian bridge that allowed visitors to cross the canal and river on foot.
streamed out of the surrounding mountains, business and money poured into the fast-growing town. The Mansion House grew along with Mauch Chunk; by 1874, it stretched for 355 feet along the riverfront, had grown to five stories and accommodated 400 guests. But as visitors' tastes changed, the Mansion House declined, and closed after the 1894 season. The building was demolished in stages; now only the north wing, housing a beverage retailer, survives.


 
Erected 2019 by Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania State Parks, and Carbon County.
 
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 distance of this marker); Dams Made the Lehigh Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Mauch Chunk Railroad Station
Marker detail: Mansion House Hotel and original pedestrian bridge from railroad tracks above Lock 1 image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Mansion House Hotel and original pedestrian bridge from railroad tracks above Lock 1
(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.
 
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Marker detail: Mansion House Hotel and original pedestrian bridge from Mansion House Hill Road image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Mansion House Hotel and original pedestrian bridge from Mansion House Hill Road
The Mansion House Marker<br>(<i>wide view • pedestrian bridge across Lehigh River on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2019
5. The Mansion House Marker
(wide view • pedestrian bridge across Lehigh River on left)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 30, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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