Pump up your tires and put on your sunscreen. Monday will be a beautiful day in Jim Thorpe as the long awaited re-opening of the Mansion House Pedestrian Bridge finally happens.
The bridge was dedicated in June 2018 and opened for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Sojourn and Jim Thorpers Bike Team to walk their bikes (it’s a pedestrian bridge) across it and continue their ride along the D&L trail. It was subsequently closed for trail work and a retaining wall, work which was delayed due to weather.
Even if you don’t bike, the bridge affords access to fantastic views of the river and not often seen views of town.
After a day of cycling, stay over and enjoy the town. The Times House is just blocks away from the bridge and offers midweek rates and bike storage.
Chris and I are always honored and humbled by the reviews written by our guests of their stays with us.
Thanks to those guests, we’ve received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the sixth year in a row – since 2014 – and Hall of Fame status for the second year in a row. We are extremely grateful and will continue to work hard to make our guests stays special.
If it’s the third weekend in May, it’s time to celebrate the man, athlete and Olympic legend, Jim Thorpe.
The Annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 at the Josiah White Park (train station) in Jim Thorpe.
The festivities kick off on Saturday morning at 10:30 am with a Native American tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum, located at Joe Boyle Circle and Route 903, the site where in 1957 the Jim Thorpe Memorial Mausoleum Committee laid earth from the Prague, Oklahoma farm where Thorpe was born, as well as soil from Saupula, Oklahoma, the Polo Grounds (the former home of the New York Giants, where Thorpe played), the pitching mound of Indian Field at the Carlisle Indian School, as well as the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden where Thorpe won the decathlon and pentathlon.
Don Wild Eagle, grandson John Thorpe and Carlisle Guests will be on hand for the ceremony. At 11 a.m., the Olympian Cross Country and Track teams will carry the lighted torch from the monument to the Jim Thorpe High School Stadium to light the Olympic Torch for the Special Olympic Track and Field Competition and then down 903 to the Heights, down Opera House Hill and then down Broadway to Josiah White Park for the lighting of an Olympic Torch.
The Varsity Cheerleaders will stretch a ribbon across Broadway in front of the County of Carbon Court House prior to the arrival of the runners. Medals will be awarded to the team and coach and the resolution that Rep. Doyle Heffley had the Pennsylvania House pass declaring that May 18, 2019 has been named “James Francis Thorpe Day” in the Commonwealth will be read.
Festivities, including Native American dancing and drumming, will continue throughout the weekend at the Josiah White Park. For more information, visit
It’s another beautiful day to celebrate Mother Earth right here in Jim Thorpe.
Shelley Holland from Horizons on Race Street puts together a great program every year and this year is no exception. From a river clean up at 9 a.m. to yoga and meditation, a hula hoop contest, face painting, a terrarium workshop, book readings and lots of live entertainment, there’s a plethora of fun to be had. For more information and a complete schedule, visit
Particularly appropriate today is a Mother Earth Meditation in the Race Street Park. The SOS committee asks that folks meditate on protecting Flagstaff Mountain, from which Race Street and the National Historic Landmark, St. Mark’s Church is carved.
Carbon County Commissioners announced at their Thursday meeting that they “wanted to get it right” and they are scaling back the Susquehanna Street Project and would not remove any rock from Flagstaff Mountain, which is the church’s foundation.
Though hesitant to believe it, the Save Our Sanctuaries (SOS Committee) was heartened to hear the church would be saved.
Until, in a WFMZ 69 news interview on Friday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein said, “We may have to go into the hillside a couple of feet but it’s nothing major.”
The door to messing with our mountain has not been closed, so the SOS committee will continue to pressure the county to abandon the project. We’ll continue to raise funds to cover legal expenses with upcoming fundraisers and T-shirt sales.
For a $200 donation or more, donors can receive a signed David Price watercolor print of Christmas Eve on Race Street. For more information, sos-cc.info
Get ready for some red carpet fun at the grand old Mauch Chunk Opera House tonight and the third installment of the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival, which runs through Sunday. There’ll be a champagne toast,
hors d’ouevres, an open bar and presentation of the Sundance official selection, Mope.
Channeling the rebellious spirit of the Molly Maguires, JTIFF challenged the boldest, most defiant filmmakers to present their work, shatter convention and incite spirited debate. The festival credo is “eyes and minds wide open,” and filmmakers delivered!
MOPE is the tragic true story of best friends Steve Driver and Tom Dong, two low end porn actors who sought fame but gained infamy. JTIFF Partner PBS39 will co-present and film the Thursday night red carpet event! No one under 18 admitted.
For the complete schedule, visit