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

Romance in the Woods

 
 
Romance in the Woods Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2019
1. Romance in the Woods Marker
Inscription.  “We had been in many beautiful glens, but this was so unlike all others, so varied — grand and noble falls alternating with delightful rippling cascades, lovely moss covered grottos, marvelous combination — that we were led to exclaim ‘All hail, Onoko! Queen of glens.’”
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
July 27, 1889

According to a legend fabricated by a tourist agent from the Lehigh Valley Railroad, Glen Onoko Falls marks the spot where a heartbroken young Native American woman leaped to her death when told she could not marry her only love.

One-half million 19th century tourists visited the resort of Glen Onoko and heard this story during railroad junkets from New York and Philadelphia. They hiked the forest trails, discovering waterfalls, grottos and ravines.

"A walk of ten minutes along the mountaintop brings you to a rustic platform," said an 1890 description, "extending out over the abyss from which you secure a view grandly picturesque."

A dance pavilion, tennis courts and even a merry-go-round provided additional recreation while the 47-room Hotel Wahnetah provided lodging.

The
Marker detail: Postcard of Glen Onoko, circa 1904 image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Postcard of Glen Onoko, circa 1904
resort met a tragic end by fire. In 1911, the hotel was consumed in a forest fire. In 1917, a fire in one of the ornate railroad station's fireplaces spread and relegated Glen Onoko to a romantic memory.
 
Erected by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Lehigh Canal series list.
 
Location. 40° 53.009′ N, 75° 45.612′ W. Marker is near Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, in Carbon County. Marker is on Lehigh Gorge Trail 1.7 miles west of Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located along the Lehigh Gorge Trail (Delaware and Lehigh Trail), in Lehigh Gorge State Park, at the Glen Onoko trailhead and parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jim Thorpe PA 18229, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lehigh Gorge State Park (here, next to this marker); Exploring The Corridor (here, next to this marker); Molly Maguire Executions (approx. 1˝ miles away); This House (1844 A.D.) (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Dimmick House (approx. 1.7 miles away); World War II Honor Roll
Marker detail: Onoko Falls image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Onoko Falls
(approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Exploring The Corridor (approx. 1.7 miles away); From Rails to Trails (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jim Thorpe.
 
Also see . . .  Glen Onoko's Hotel Wahnetah — Once a popular resort is barely a memory today. At the height of the summer season, two railroad stations — one for the Lehigh Valley Railroad the other for the New Jersey Central — busily conveyed passengers from the hot, steamy cities of smoking factories to the clear air and mountain quiet of the magnificent Hotel Wahnetah, a turreted Victorian vacation resort. With rooms at $2.50 a night or $8 a week, the Wahnetah was not overly pricy, but at that time very few Americans had the concept of a vacation in their heads. What fueled places like the Wahnetah were railroad excursions. (Submitted on July 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Marker detail: Ladies enjoying a day at the Glen image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Ladies enjoying a day at the Glen
Marker detail: Hotel Wahnetah image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: Hotel Wahnetah
Romance in the Woods Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2019
6. Romance in the Woods Marker
(Lehigh Gorge Trail continues to north beyond parking lot on left)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on July 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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