We took a drive through the back roads through the mountains and headed to Jim Thorpe, PA.
Jim Thorpe was founded as Mauch Chunk in 1818. Mauch Chunk meaning "bear mountain. The town has been called the "Switzerland of America" due to the picturesque scenery, mountainous location, and architecture; as well as the "Gateway to the Poconos." The name was changed sometime after Jim Thorpe's death in 1953.
Jim Thorpe was a Native American professional football and baseball player, known for his all-around athleticism. Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won Olympic gold medals for the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played American football (collegiate and professional), and also played professional baseball and basketball.
Our drive through the backroads was easy and uneventful. We were surprised at the crowd when we got to town. There is a train you can take through the mountains, lots of shops, restaurants, bicycle rentals, and even white water rafting. We had lunch at Mollie Mcguires's Pub and then took a stroll through town and checked out the buildings and shops. The town goes on forever. It has lots of shops and the homes are also along the roadway. Parking is a premium. Residents must really have a challenge.
We came across the Jim Thorpe memorial as we left town.