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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

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Jim Thorpe is the county seat for Carbon County
Jim Thorpe is in Carbon County
      Carbon County (75)  
      Lehigh County (124)  
      Luzerne County (276)  
      Monroe County (92)  
      Northampton County (242)  
      Schuylkill County (70)  
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1Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — A Revolution in Canal Technology — 1838-1862
How a Lock Works 1. Upper valves are opened and water in lock is raised to level of upstream canal. Upper gate is lowered and boat enters lock. Upper gate is closed. 2. Valves in lower gates are opened, allowing water to empty . . . Map (db m196407) HM
2Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — A Vigorous Youth
"Our lives were lived in the open," he remembered, "winter and summer. We were never in the house when we could be out of it. And we played hard. I emphasize this because boys and girls who would grow up physically fit adults must lay the . . . Map (db m116592) HM
3Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Anthracite
This black diamond is a piece of the mammoth coal vein found in the Panther Valley. It was placed here on August 28, 1976 as a monument to the enterprising spirit of men such as Josiah White and Erskine Hazard, whose early pioneering efforts . . . Map (db m141004) HM
4Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Benjamin Barge — Educator
Born in Lockport, PA May 30th, 1832 Died in Germany, Oct. 30th, 1902 at the age of 70 He achieved recognition as an Educator, having instituted many reforms to the school systems in the South. He established his own Seminary in Baton Rouge, . . . Map (db m196444) HM
5Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Carbon County
Formed March 13, 1843 from Northampton and Monroe counties. Carbon is the basic element of this area's rich deposits of anthracite coal. The county seat, incorporated in 1850 as Mauch Chunk, was renamed in 1954 for Jim Thorpe, Indian athlete.Map (db m32150) HM
6Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Coal Transport in Mauch Chunk — 1792-1921
"The problem of getting coal from wagon to ark was solved by constructing an inclined loading chute at Mauch Chunk that extended downward from Mount Pisgah to a coal-loading house along the Lehigh River. The coal house projected over the river's . . . Map (db m138499) HM
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7Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Dams Made the Lehigh Canal — 1829-1951
"It should be borne in mind that in timber dams it is the weight of the stone ballast that keeps the structure in place, and not the bulk and combination of the timbers." Edwin F. Smith, Dam Building in Navigable and Other Streams . . . Map (db m138500) HM
8Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Exploring The Corridor — 1828-1932
“Our residents take pride and partner in their heritage — they understand the meaning of what we have and act to preserve it” Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and State Heritage Park, Management Action Plan. . . . Map (db m153538) HM
9Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Exploring The Corridor — 1828-1932
“Our residents take pride and partner in their heritage — they understand the meaning of what we have and act to preserve it” Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and State Heritage Park, Management Action Plan. . . . Map (db m153540) HM
10Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — From Mountain to Market — 1849 - 1942
"A few miles above Easton, the Lehigh was pocked with white water at almost every turning. To navigate it seemed impossible." Josiah White, Co-founder of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company Pennsylvania's anthracite (hard coal) lay entombed . . . Map (db m141005) HM
11Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — From Rails to Trails
"Since most of the land was donated to the railroads by the American public in the first place, we believe it should be returned to the public." David Burwell, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1988 A Well-Worn Path The path you . . . Map (db m153536) HM
12Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — James Francis Thorpe — All-American
1887 · Born May 22 on the Sac and Fox Reservation near Belmont, Oklahoma Territory. 1904 · Enters Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, scene of his brilliant career in college football. 1911 · First Team All-American Football Team at . . . Map (db m116566) HM
13Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — James Francis Thorpe — Gold Medalist — 1912 Olympics, Stockholm, Sweden —
PENTATHLON EVENTS - Broad Jump - 1st place = 23 feet 2.7 inches Javelin - 3rd place = 153 feet 3 inches Discus - 1st place = 116 feet 8.4 inches 200- Meter Dash - 1st place = 22.9 seconds 1,500- Meter Race - 1st place = 4 min. 44.8 . . . Map (db m116567) HM
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14Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — James Francis Thorpe
"Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world." King Gustav V of Sweden Born in Oklahoma Territory in 1888, Jim Thorpe was a member of the Sac and Fox tribe. Prophetically named Wa-tho-huck (Bright Path) by . . . Map (db m116724) HM
15Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Jim Thorpe (Wa-tho-huck) — 1888 - 1953 — "The Spirit of Thunder and Lightning" —
"Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world" King Gustav, Stockholm Sweden, 1912 Olympics [Athletic engravings on mausoleum] . . . Map (db m116564) HM
16Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Joe Boyle Plaza — Dedicated October 29, 1994
Joe Boyle Made A Difference It happened again and again, for over 60 years. It happened at high school athletic games, at meetings of the Lions, V.F.W., Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Borough Council, and Y.M.C.A. For decades it . . . Map (db m116526) HM
17Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Lehigh Gorge State Park
Welcome to Lehigh Gorge State Park. This 4,548-acre park stretches 32 miles along the Lehigh River from the Francis E. Walter Dam in the north to Jim Thorpe in the south. Carved by the power of the Lehigh River, the park's deep gorge, steep . . . Map (db m153550) HM
18Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Mauch Chunk Railroad Station
Built in 1888. Central Railroad of New Jersey Passenger Station has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.Map (db m86850) HM
19Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Molly Maguire Executions
On June 21, 1877, four "Molly Maguires," an alleged secret society of Irish mine-workers, were hanged here. Pinkerton detective James McParlan’s testimony led to convictions for violent crimes against the coal industry, yet the facts of the labor, . . . Map (db m32153) HM
20Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — National War Savings Campaign of 1918
In grateful commemoration of the patriotism of Mauch Chunk in going over the top in the National War Savings Campaign of 1918Map (db m116561) HM
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21Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Overcoming Geography — 1827-1937
”So far back as 1827, the Company constructed down-grades on which loaded cars were run down to the Lehigh River by their own gravity.” —“Special Correspondent, New York Times, December 14, 1872, p 3.” Geography . . . Map (db m153422) HM
22Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Packer Mansion
Standing on the nearby hill is the home of Asa Packer, industrialist, philanthropist, congressman and founder of Lehigh University. The ornate mansion, built in 1860, has been carefully preserved with its original furnishings and is maintained as a . . . Map (db m140827) HM
23Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Pioneer Pipeline
”My grandfather, Samuel Rice got a job as a watchman after the pipeline was built in 1886. In an emergency he could turn off the valve at either end of the bridge from his house. My mother, Ethel Rice Jenkins, tells how the house was in the . . . Map (db m153420) HM
24Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Railroad Intersection
"Built in 1850, the (inclined) planes were 1,200 feet long and 430 feet high. As a loaded car descended on one plane. it would draw an empty car up the other plane." John Koehler, Railroad Historian, Weatherly You are . . . Map (db m114632) HM
25Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — Romance in the Woods
“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 . . . Map (db m153421) HM
26Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — The 1912 Olympics
Jim's dominance over his intercollegiate rivals in football was paralleled by his records as a member of the Carlisle track team. He ran sprints, he ran hurdles and he ran distance races. He high jumped and he broad jumped. He threw the . . . Map (db m116632) HM
27Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — The Carlisle Years
The Indian wars were over and the Army had moved the Indians to forts and reservations. A young Army officer named Richard Henry Pratt had taken part in the Indian fighting and subsequent subjugation of the Indians. His observations had caused . . . Map (db m116601) HM
28Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — The Dimmick House — Built 1871
This Italianate Victorian townhouse was the home of U.S. Congressman Milo M. Dimmick and his family. His son Milton founded the Dimmick Memorial Library in Old Mauch Chunk in their memory.Map (db m163184) HM
29Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — The Mansion House — 1825-1929
"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 . . . Map (db m138507) HM
30Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — The Professional Sportsman
[Center inset quote reads] "Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world." King Gustav V of Sweden Legend has made a tragic figure of Jim Thorpe, blighted by his Olympic heartbreak, but in fact, after the initial . . . Map (db m116702) HM
31Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — The Self Made Man — View his Life from his Home — 1805 - 1879 —
First Marker: The Self Made Man "...there is no distinction to which any young man may not aspier, and with energy, diligence, intelligence, and virtue, obtain." From Asa Packer's 1867 biography "The Rich Men of the World and How . . . Map (db m32270) HM
32Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — The Soldiers and Sailors Monument — Mauch Chunk World War II Honor Roll
Southern face: To all the Brave Defenders of the Union from the County of Carbon. Appomattox, 1865. Northern face: Wilderness, Hampton Roads, Antietam, Gettysburg New Orleans, 1815. Eastern face: On . . . Map (db m32102) WM
33Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — This House (1844 A.D.)
This house (1844 A.D.) is the oldest complete and unchanged home existing from the early history of Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe). Built as a parsonage by the Rev. Webster, famous pastor of the Presbyterian church, the home was certified as oldest by . . . Map (db m128303) HM
34Pennsylvania (Carbon County), Jim Thorpe — World War II Honor Roll
Dedicated to the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice World War II PVT. Joseph T. Martino • CPL. Fred Felker PFC. James Lauth • PVT. Patrick Searfoss PFC. Anthony Fabrick Jr. • S/SGT. Maurice Pricka T/S. . . . Map (db m116522) WM
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Nov. 30, 2022