Skip to content
Home » US States » O-U » Pennsylvania » Carbon County

Carbon County

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


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Luzerne County

E – Monroe County

S – Northampton County and Lehigh County

W – Schuykill County


Created:  March 11, 1843                       Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Carbon County

County Seat:

Mauch Chunk  1843 – 1954

Jim Thorpe      1954 – 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. The building is located in the center of Jim Thorpe.. On the southeast corner is afour-sided clock which adorns the belfry. French plate illuminated dials, seven feet long, surrounded by ornamental iron frame, provide 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. In the interior is Minton tile imported from England to grace the imposing hallways. The interior walls were covered with Adamant wall plaster, a finish which was brand new to Northeast Pennsylvania. a multicolor stained glass portrait of the Goddess of Justice looked down regally from the ceiling in the main courtroom. Ornate English oak wainscoting, finely cut and beautifully hued by a Lehighton wood making firm, lined the courtroom walls. Lighting used to be provided by gas burners, chandeliers and over 700 light bulbs. For purely decorative purposes, two oak fireplaces were built into the front corners of the courtroom. Above the judge’s bench an ornate wooden spindle peacock fan added to the stately ambience.  The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas – Civil and Criminal of the 56th Judicial District. An addition was constructed in 1936. The building was renovated in 1979 to 1980. The engineer was Charles F Kain.


History:  The county was created in 1843 and Mauch Chunk was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was housed in the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company’s “Old Store”. The second courthouse was a two story structure designed by John Root and built by Blay & Root in 1850. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1893 to 1894 at a cost of $125,000. In 1954, the county seat name was changed to Jim Thorpe.



County Courthouse – Jim Thorpe



























Photos taken 2015