The Rebirth of Molly Maguires     white logo           

Story and Photography by Chris Poh

Molly Maguires in Jim Thorpe, PA as seen in American Public House Review

On a number of past St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Jim Thorpe, PA, I’ve raised that first glass honoring those intrepid Irish colliers from a bar stool at the old Molly Maguire’s Pub; but unfortunately that celebrated saloon on Broadway, like so many of the region’s anthracite mines, is no longer in operation. Today that location has become the Broadway Grill and Pub.

But Jim Thorpe is that resilient community that epitomizes the grit and fortitude of the nation. Today once more you can hear the coal cars of the Reading and Northern Railroad  rolling through the Lehigh Gorge from the outside deck of the  recent reincarnation of that grand tavern, which has combined forces with the former JT’s Steakhouse, and is now proudly housed on the ground floor of the Hotel Switzerland, the town’s oldest operating commercial structure


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