Central Railroad of New Jersey Train Station
The Central Railroad of New Jersey Station was designed by Wilson Brothers of Philadelphia, PA. It was built in 1888 by the Central Railroad of NJ in order to accommodate passenger traffic. During the Victorian era, local destinations such as the Switchback Railroad and Glen Onoko Falls became quite popular, bringing thousands of visitors to the area.
A local newspaper dated October 1893 describes this tourist scene, "The two railroads unloaded one hundred and four coaches of excursionists, a total of five thousand people, into Mauch Chunk yesterday. Beginning at 11 o'clock, the streets were crowded with people for about four hours. Judging from the smiling countenances and enlivened manner of the visitors, the magnificent autumn beauties of the Switzerland were fully appreciated."
This station was one of the finest passenger stations on the Jersey Central line. The building is a 1½ story, five bay, red brick building in the Queen Anne Style. It features a cylindrical corner tower that is 3½ stories high.
The station was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Presently, it houses the Jim Thorpe Visitors Center, where you may view historical photographs of the anthracite coal region, receive tourist pamphlets, and speak with a representative about places to stay or dine.
Our tour continues with the Navigation Building across Susquehanna Street. If you'd like, you can follow the links below to purchase the rest of our tour for just 99 cents.