Jim Thorpe reopening visitors center

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The Jim Thorpe Visitors Center is in the old Mauch Chunk Train Station.
The Jim Thorpe Visitors Center is in the old Mauch Chunk Train Station. - (Photo By Russ Schleipman)

The Jim Thorpe Visitors Center has been renovated and upgraded, and local officials will gather on Thursday to celebrate what the center now has to offer.

Tourism is a big industry in the borough and the region, said Carl Wilgus, president and CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.

"One in three jobs in the [Carbon] County, and in the Poconos as a whole, is directly tied to tourism," he said.

He said the center, in the Mauch Chunk Train Station, itself a popular tourist attraction, now will have video screens promoting activities in Jim Thorpe and around the region and an upgraded brochure and information center. There also is an updated historical timeline and topographical map.

"It should make it easier for people to find out what's going on in town and in the Poconos," Wilgus said.

The remodeling also was done to bring back a more traditional feel to the historic train station.

The grand reopening will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Jim Thorpe Visitors Center at 2 Lehigh Ave., Jim Thorpe.

Stacy Wescoe

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