Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Jim Thorpe, PA

Silver Valley Campsites
Saylorsburg, PA

Was a beautiful afternoon,
so we took a ride down to Jim Thorpe.
When I lived in Hazleton, I loved to go there and walk around.

Officially, the town is called Mauch Chunk.
It was named by the Lenape Indians, meaning 'bear mountain'.
The town is also famous for the Molly Maguires,
and is deep in coal mining history.
In 1953, when athlete Jim Thorpe died,
his widow was mad that Oklahoma would do nothing to
memorialize him. She offered his remains and name to the town for a sum :-)
It's a long story, but his sons who remain are suing to have his remains shipped back to Oklahoma
onto tribal burial lands.

There is a nice memorial to him..

We went down into town, and walked around, enjoying the area.

 We were surprised that the colors aren't as bright as in Saylorsburg.

In a couple of weeks, it will be full of orange leaves!

We stopped in one of our favorite Irish pubs, Maguires,
and had a local brew.

It was a perfect day!


  1. Very interesting story about Jim Thorpe. I always thought he was from there and didn't know he was a Native American. Always wonderful to have a perfect day!

  2. Quite the story about Jim Thorpe. I learn something new everyday :)
    Sounds like a good Irish place to stop for a brew :)

  3. I've been following the story on moving Jim Thorpe's remains. It seems he's not being allowed to rest in peace... ;c)

  4. Looks like it was a pretty, sunny day. I hope our sun returns here today.

  5. I do believe I heard the story of the Towns name but didn't know there was an endeavor to have his remains moved back to OK.

  6. Nothing more enjoyable than a "Perfect Day"!