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Community Info



Carbon County (2000 population 58,802) was created on March 13, 1843, from parts of Northampton and Monroe Counties. Its name alludes to its deposits of anthracite coal. Jim Thorpe, the county seat, was originally incorporated on January 26, 1850 as the borough of Mauch Chunk, an Indian name meaning “bear mountain.” It was renamed in 1954 for the famous Indian athlete who is buried there.


Carbon County was the home of the first railroad in America that was built on any large scale. The “Switchback” railroad, as it came to be known in its glory days, was originally designed to carry coal. The Switchback led a long and active life, first as a coal carrier and then as solely a tourist attraction. In the 1930’s, the railroad carried its last passengers.

Scroll down to view information for Carbon County Economy/Demographics, Government, Municipalities, Tax Millages, Schools, Libraries, Community Organizations, Parks & Hunting, Fishing & Wildlife.



Community Maps:

Carbon County Map: http://carboncountymap.com/map.html

Carbon County Parks & Trails:

Mauch Chunk Lake

Beltzville Lake

Lehigh Gorge State Park

Hickory Run State Park

Carbon County Environmental Center

Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L)


Hunting, Fishing & Wildlife Information:

Pennsylvania Game Commission


Our Schools:


Elementary and Secondary 

Jim Thorpe School District

Lehighton Area School District

Panther Valley School District

Palmerton Area School District

Weatherly Area School District

District Profiles

Carbon Career and Technical Institute


Higher Education

Lehigh Carbon Community College

Lehigh University

Wilkes University

East Stroudsburg University

Lafayette College

Muhlenburg College

Cedar Crest College

Pennsylvania State University



Dimmick Library

Lehighton Memorial Library

Palmerton Library

Panther Valley Public Library

Penn-Kidder Library

Weatherly Area Community Library


Community Organizations:


Mauch Chunk Historical Society

Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center

Carbon County Art League

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L)

Health Care:

Lehigh Valley Medical Center

St. Lukes Palmerton Campus

St. Lukes Gnaden Huetten Campus

St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital



Government & Municipalities:


Our Commissioners: www.carboncounty.com/meetings.htm

Carbon County Government Information: www.carboncounty.com/cc_home.asp

Carbon County Municipalities:

Banks Township Supervisors
PO Box 231
Tresckow, PA 18254
(570) 455-5094 or 455-3212

Bowmanstown Borough
Mill & Ore Streets
PO Box 127
Bowmanstown, PA 18030
(610) 852-2455

East Side Borough
100 North Sheaman Road
Agmar Estates
White Haven, PA 18661
(570) 443-7011

Jim Thorpe Borough
101 East 10th St.
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
(570) 325-3025

Lansford Borough
26 East Patterson Street
PO Box 126
Lansford, PA 18232
(570) 645-3900

Lehigh Township
1741 South Lehigh Gorge Road
Weatherly, PA 18235
(570) 427-4950

Lower Towamensing Township
595 Hahns Dairy Road
Palmerton, PA 18071
(610) 826-2522

Nesquehoning Borough
114 West Catawissa Street
Nesquehoning, PA 18240
(570) 669-9588
(570) 427-8969

Palmerton Borough
443 Delaware Avenue
Palmerton, PA 18071
(610) 826-2505

Penn Forest Township
2010 State Route 9031
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
(570) 325-2768

Towamensing Township
120 Stable Road
Lehighton, PA 18235
(610) 681-4202

Weissport Borough
440 Allen Street
Weissport, PA 18235-2709
(610) 377-5606

Beaver Meadows Borough
100 East Broad Street
PO Box 247
Beaver Meadows, PA 18216
(570) 455-7841

East Penn Township
167 Municipal Road
Lehighton, PA 18235
(570) 386-5735

Franklin Township
900 Fairyland Road
Lehighton, PA 18235
(610) 377-1773

Kidder Township
Kidder Township Municipal Building
PO Box 576
Lake Harmony, PA 18624
(570) 722-0107

Lausanne Township
143 North Stagecoach Road
Weatherly, PA 18255
(570) 427-4029

Lehighton Borough
1 Constitution Avenue
PO Box 29
Lehighton, PA 18235
(610) 377-4002

Mahoning Township
2685 Mahoning Drive East
Lehighton, PA 18235
(570) 386-4002

Packer Township
2234 Hudson Drive
Weatherly, PA 18255
(570) 427-8969

Parryville Borough
317 Centre Street
PO Box 10
Parryville, PA 18244
(610) 852-3800

Summit Hill Borough
40 West Amidon Street Suite 3
Summit Hill, PA 18250
(570) 645-2305

Weatherly Borough
10 Wilbur Street
Weatherly, PA 18255
(570) 427-8640