History of Jim Thorpe
There is a lot of folk-lore regarding Jim Thorpe and locals are happy to share the city’s rich history. There are many resources to learn about the history of exporting slate on the railroad, the profitable coal mining days, mysterious ghost stories, and the Irish immigration in the 19th century. Jim Thorpe is packed full of exciting events that celebrate its storied past. Every year during December, Jim Thorpe is decorated head to toe in ribbons and ornaments, the main street is lined with Christmas lights. The holiday decorations and the weekend celebrations are why Jim Thorpe is affectionately referred to as ‘Little Jerusalem.’
Out and About, Appalachian Style
See a ghost’s handprint on the tour at the old jail and hike Glen Onoko Falls. No matter what your favorite choice of food is, you can find it here, whether you prefer to eat local, eat vegan, or grab a huge, juicy burger. Just like much of the Appalachians, there are some local wineries too!
Before you start the trail, you will see a historical marker as well as a warning sign urging people to have the right gear before making the haul. It is both unique and dangerous for the same reasons, as the trail double backs over a large creek at the bottom of an even larger waterfall. However, if you have the right footwear and use a little caution, it is one of the most exhilarating hikes in the Appalachian Mountains with plenty of opportunities to snap amazing photos!
Jim Thorpe Hospitality
The Inn of Jim Thorpe is a wonderful hotel that is clean, comfortable, beautiful, and features a friendly staff, however, there have also been several reports of strange activity during the night. Guests have reported the TV’s turning on and off and capturing eerie shadows in their photos. Just like much of Appalachia, Pennsylvania mountain towns have their share of ghostly legends and folklore.
Jim Thorpe is very walkable, so if you decide to take an evening stroll, you may hear rushing water, but may not be able to put your finger on where it is coming from. That’s because it is underneath the town. Ask local shopkeepers about the canals under the city and where to find them.
All in all, Jim Thorpe is a magical Hallmark town that welcomes visitors, and it is so comfortable that you may never want to leave! Learn more about this beautiful town at their website.