Carbon County

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Carbon County is named for the coal found in the region.

 

Created:  March 11, 1843

County Seat:

Jim Thorpe  1843 – present

 

 County Courthouse - Jim Thorpe 

 

Location:  4 Broadway / Susquehanna Street

Built:  1893 – 1894

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Lewis S Jacoby of Allentown

Contractor:  Herman Riebe

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red-brown colored sandstone structure. On the southeast corner is a four-sided clock which adorns the belfry. French plate illuminated dials, seven feet long, surrounded by ornamental iron frame, provides the time of the day. A 2,122 pound bell, cast in 1844 at McShare’s Bell Foundry of Baltimore, Maryland was installed in the clock tower. Two forty-pound striking hammers tolled the bell. The hipped roof has dormers. An addition was constructed in 1936.

 

 Note:  The first courthouse was housed in the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company’s “Old Store”. The second courthouse was designed by John Root and built by Blay & Root in 1850. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $125,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Luzerne County

E – Monroe County

S – Northampton County and Lehigh County

W – Schuykill County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2015