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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Jim Thorpe is in Carbon County
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"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|
|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|
|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|
|"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|
|"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|
|“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|
|“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|
|"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|
|"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|
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|
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|
"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|
"Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world"
King Gustav, Stockholm Sweden, 1912 Olympics
[Athletic engravings on mausoleum] . . . — — Map (db m116564) HM|
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|
|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|
|Built in 1888. Central Railroad of New Jersey Passenger Station has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. — — Map (db m86850) HM|
|On June 21, 1877, four "Molly Maguires," an alleged secret society of Irish mine-workers, were hanged here. Pinkerton detective James McParlans testimony led to convictions for violent crimes against the coal industry, yet the facts of the labor, . . . — — Map (db m32153) HM|
In grateful commemoration
of the patriotism of
in going over the top
National War Savings Campaign
of 1918 — — Map (db m116561) HM|
|”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|
|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|
|”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|
"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|
|“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|
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|
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|
|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|
|"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 . . . — — Map (db m138507) HM|
[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|
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|
To all the Brave Defenders of the Union from the County of Carbon.
Wilderness, Hampton Roads, Antietam, Gettysburg
New Orleans, 1815.
On . . . — — Map (db m32102) WM|
|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|
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|