On my most recent trip to Pennsylvania, I visited several historic places, including the town of Jim Thorpe. Originally called Mauch Chunk, the borough became a railroad and coal-shipping center in the nineteenth century and is notable for its many Victorian-era buildings. The boroughs of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk merged in 1953, hoping top attract tourism by taking the name of the Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe. I toured the Asa Packer Mansion and took pictures in town.

Asa Packer Mansion (1861): home of the wealthy founder of Lehigh Valley Railroad and Lehigh University, who first came to Mauch Chunk in 1830, looking for work as a carpenter. His house is now a museum.

Harry Packer Mansion (1874): Asa Packer’s wedding gift to his son; now a bed & breakfast.

New Jersey Central Railroad Station (1888): designed by Wilson Brothers of Philadelphia.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (1869): on Race Street; designed by Richard Upjohn, Sr. with Parish House addition (1881), by Addison Hutton

Stone Row (1848): on Race Street; row houses built by Asa Packer for Railroad engineers and foremen.

Lehigh Coal and Navigation Building (1884): designed by Addison Hutton; now apartments for seniors.

Carbon County Courthouse (1893): designed by L.S. Jacoby of Allentown; replaced Greek Revival courthouse of 1854.

Inn at Jim Thorpe (1849): originally called the New American Hotel, built to replace the White Swan Hotel, which was destroyed by fire.

Dimmick Memorial Library (1889): designed by J. Rooney Williamson; interior restored after a fire in 1979.

Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center (1873): originally St. Paul’s Methodist Church.

The Old Jail Museum (1871): served as Carbon County Prison until 1995, designed by Edward Haviland; known for being the site of the imprisonment and hangings of Irish coal miners accused of being Molly Maguires.