Jim Thorpe in the 20th Century
ISBN10: 0738538604 ISBN13: 9780738538600 Contributors: Gilbert, Joan; Drury, John H., Jr. Publisher: Arcadia Pub Published: Oct 15 2005 Pages: 128 Weight: 0.30lbs. Height: 9.50" Width: 6.75" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
Jim Thorpe in the 20th Century examines the causes and effects of a community s decision to relinquish its Native American name Mauch Chunk ( Bear Mountain ) to become the town of Jim Thorpe. In the 19th century, Mauch Chunk rode a wave of prosperity, as coal shipping and tourism turned ordinary men into millionaires. In the 20th century, the mainstays of the town s economy began to tumble like dominoes: mule-drawn coal boats could not compete with the iron horse, ending Mauch Chunk s days as a canal town by 1922; the touristattracting Switchback Gravity Railroad, unable to afford parts, closed in 1932; the coal mines and working railroads collapsed, as industry, home heating, and trucking turned to petroleum. Down-and-out by the mid-1900s, Mauch Chunk was looking for a means of saving itself when the widow of 1912 Olympian Jim Thorpe proposed a stranger-than-fiction solution."