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“Nice Simple Memorial”

Jim Thorpe Memorial
Ranked #4 of 25 things to do in Jim Thorpe
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North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Nice Simple Memorial”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

On our Pocono vacation in mid-Sep we visited the Jim Thorpe Memorial. It is simple & very respectful for a great America Sportsman. It’s a nice tribute, but would benefit from a little updating.

Visited September 2013
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White Haven, Pennsylvania, United States
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170 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“History but simple site”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

Great tribute but nothing exceptional as far as tourism. Right off highway so be careful with tribute. Admire the legend. Due respect but could have been modernized.

Visited August 2013
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South Windsor, Connecticut
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176 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A nice tribute”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

The monuments and statues are well appointed and it is a small but nice little park...it's location makes it seems like an afterthought to the casual, outside visitor, though.

Visited August 2013
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Kulpsville, Pennsylvania
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210 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“History Alive”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

The monument-memorial area is gorgeous and is a great tribute to one of the best, if not THE best, athletes ever.

Visited September 2013
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Tampa
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167 reviews
84 attraction reviews
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“Jim Thorpe: A charming city in the Poconos, but not ready for full-time destination!”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

On a recent trip to Pennsylvania’s Poconos we spent some time in the charming village town of Jim Thorpe. It is a charming city which comes to life during the fall leaves season. However we visited during the summer and unfortunately it was cool and very rainy & wet this year. Most places were closed most of the time, anticipating better weather. However, the city and the surrounding area has much to offer from white water rafting to biking all the way from Jim Thorpe to White Haven, PA along the Lehigh Gorge, which is a state park. In addition nearby is Hickory Run State Park, as well where we picnicked on the 4th of July.
The city, originally founded as Mauch Chunk was saved by Jim Thorpe. The city, by referendum, voted to combine Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk into one city and rename it Jim Thorpe in 1954. Jim is buried in the city. Today he is known as “The Greatest Athlete in the World” and his remains were brought back from Oklahoma and his interment is there.
Early on the town was a coal town and at one time 19 of 26 millionaires in the country had a place in the city. Then it fell on hard times. But today, one can see the grandeur of yesteryear in the old buildings that line the main streets of downtown. One can see the elegant Episcopal Church, the county courthouse and the train station which still has an active railroad, at least during the fall leaves season.
They bill themselves as a “four seasons” destination, but not much was happening on our visit during July. They have a long way to go in order to attract people outside of the leaves season. Everyone talked about “you should come back during the leaves season”, which we are actually going to due this coming October. But it was disappointing that so much of their efforts are during that small window of opportunity because it is truly a charming city. However, they were not equipped to handle tourist during the 4th of July week. When I inquired about dinner being served on July 4th at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, an historic property on the main street they told me that they were not sure if they were going to serve dinner or not. We did manage to get reservations at Moya (see that review), but that does not mean the city is ready to become a full-time tourist destination. If one of the leading hotels doesn’t even know if it is going to serve 4th of July dinner, what are tourists to think? Also, the Visitor Center was never open the three times I stopped by and the train was not running except on weekends during the summer. Still, I can’t wait to go back when we are promised things will be hopping, during the Leaves Season in October.

Visited July 2013
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