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Jim Thorpe Memorial - Jim Thorpe, PA

Jim Thorpe was born in Oklahoma on the Sac and Fox reservation.  At the age of 16 he was enrolled in the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, PA where he learned to play football.


In 1912, Mr. Thorpe entered the 1912 Stockholm Olympics and won both the pentathlon and the decathlon, finished 4th in the high jump and 7th in the long jump.


In 1913, Mr. Thorpe was stripped of his gold medals after the International Olympic Committee no longer recognized him as an amateaur athlete due to his time on a minor league baseball team in 1909 and 1910.  His metals were reinstated in 1982.


Jim died in 1953.  His wife, Patricia, sold his remains to Mauch Chunk on the condition they change the name of the town to Jim Thorpe and erect a monument in his name.


The Jim Thorpe Memorial is located in Carbon County and is the final resting place of the man known as “The Greatest Athlete of the First Half of the 20th Century”. 


Located at: 1355 North Street, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229


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