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Chateau Begonia: 1940

Chateau Begonia: 1940

August 1940. "Old house on Race Street in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania." Photo by Jack Delano for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Slate sidewalk

Check out the hand cut slate sidewalk.

Wonderful little town

My wife and I spent a whole day there in 2004 while visiting in the Poconos. I highly recommend the Asa Packer Mansion and the jail where the Molly Maquires were incarcerated and executed. It was summer and the town was beautiful with flowers and incredible landscaping.

It warms your heart

After enlarging this picture and seeing the thriving, lush green plant and the animated human figures through the windows, this photo is no longer just a cold, stone building but reveals a place where life is happening and it instantly becomes much more inviting.

There is a song about Mauch Chunk.

Part of it goes

When old Mauch Chunk was young
And Captain Ables preached
The top notch of intemperance
by many of one was reached
And dark the cloud of sorrow
O're many a dwelling hung
With deep disgrace and poverty
When old Mauch Chunk was young

Great to see it's still with us

Looks like she was overdue for tuckpointing in 1940. Urban renewal would've probably taken it if it were in a major city.

It's a Honey!

I'd resettle there in a heartbeat.

Built in 1849 and still there

This 4-bedroom townhouse in Jim Thorpe (renamed from Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk in 1954) was sold to a new owner in March.

Now Jim Thorpe, Pa.

Now it is a beautiful quaint town with loads of tourists, probably the nicest little town in Pa.

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