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Re: Jim Thorpe, PA
Posted by: Sandra Hill (ID *****3295) Date: July 02, 2006 at 20:29:18
In Reply to: Jim Thorpe, PA by Suzanne Farabaugh of 796

Yes Jim Thorpe is the new name given to Mauch Chunk, Pa., in the early 1950's when Thorpe died and no one wanted his body. The town agreed to change their name and bury him and erected a monument in his honor. The monunent is located on the East side of Jim Thorpe on Route 903. Mauch Chunk is an early coal shipping town dating back to Asa Packer and family. The coal was shipped to Mauch Chunk by way of the Switchback Railroad from Summit Hill to Jim Thorpe then down the Lehigh River by boat. Look up Switchback Railroad in Carbon County,Pa.,

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