Mauch Chunk

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Item No: pdcc00629
Title: Mauch Chunk
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Mauch Chunk was the original name of Jim Thorpe, a city in Carbon County, Pennsylvania. Its name, derived from the native Lenape people, means "bear mountain", although today it is often referred to as the "Gateway to the Poconos." The town was founded in 1818 by Josiah White, a pioneer of mining and transportation in the region.  Its name was changed to Jim Thorpe following the death of the renowned Olympic athlete in 1953. His widow, Patricia, convinced the local civic officials that honoring her husband's memory in this way would help promote the newly created borough, which had been formed from the boroughs of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk.

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.7
Creator Name: White, Josiah, 1781-1850
Thorpe, Jim, 1887-1953
Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler