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Fun Facts about the Poconos

Posted by Liberty Homes on Jul 28, 2017 6:31:00 AM

Fun-Facts-about-the-Poconos.jpgAt Liberty Homes, we specialize in building great vacation homes in the Poconos of Northeast PA. If you are in the market for a second home, cabin or vacation home we can build on your land, one of our 6 great communities or we can even help you find the perfect place to build your dream vacation home.

Here are some fun facts about the Poconos:

  • The Poconos is Pennsylvania's most popular tourist destination
  • The area draws its name from the Lenape Indian term for "stream between two mountains"
  • The Pocono Mountains area is a year-round vacation destination
  • The original inhabitants of the region were the Delaware, Iroquois, Shawnee, Minisink, Lenape and Paupack Indian tribes
  • Europeans didn’t show up in the area until 1659 when the Dutch established settlements near what is now known as the Delaware Water Gap
  • The first patent application for the making of snow by blowing water through a nozzle was filed in 1950 and by the winter of 1956, the system was perfected and functioning at Big Boulder Ski Area, making the Poconos a huge ski destination
  • The heart shaped tub made its debut in the Poconos
  • Golfers who visit the Poconos can tee-off at more than 35 courses, including those designed by Robert Trent Jones, AJ Tillinghast, and Donald Ross
  • Great Pocono Resorts came into existence prior to the Civil War but the large resorts appeared after the end of the war
  • After the Civil War, the Delaware Water Gap was the second largest inland resort town in the United States (behind Saratoga Springs, New York)
  • When Congress passed the National Trails System Act In 1968 it made the Appalachian Trail the very first National Scenic Trail —45 miles of which falls within the Poconos
  • The Poconos are comprised of 2,400 square miles and contain: 4 counties; 2 National Parks; 9 State parks; 150 lakes; 19 waterfalls; 170 miles of rivers; and 7 ski areas
  • There are approximately 10,000 guest rooms in the Poconos
  • The Poconos tourism industry employs about 30,000 people
  • The Harry Packer Mansion in Jim Thorpe was the inspiration for Disneyworld's Haunted Mansion attraction
  • The Poconos boast a number of other “firsts” including: The first steam locomotive in America (the Stourbridge Lion); the first commercial ski area in Pennsylvania (Big Boulder Ski Area in 1946); the first American railroad (1827); the first silent movie filmed in the United States (1912); and the first Boy Scout camp in the United States

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