LaRue in Marion County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Home of the Oorang Indians
NFL's Most Colorful Franchise
The Oorang Indian football team was founded by LaRue native Walter Lingo (1890-1966), owner of the Oorang Airedale Dog Kennels. The team, comprised of Native American Indians, played in the National Football League (NFL) in 1922-23.
The star player and coach was Jim Thorpe (1887-1953), a Sac and Fox Indian. Thorpe gained international fame as a two-time gold medal winner (decathlon and pentathlon) in the 1912 Olympics and was acclaimed as the "World's Greatest Athlete."
The team gave LaRue the distinction of being the smallest community ever to have an NFL franchise.
Erected 1997 by Marion County Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 7-51.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 34.372′ N, 83° 23.062′ W. Marker is in LaRue, Ohio, in Marion County. Marker is on High Street (Ohio Route 37), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 S. High Street, La Rue OH 43332, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wheeler Tavern (approx. 6.9 miles Old Sandusky Trail and Shawnee Ford (approx. 6.9 miles away); Six Points, Goshen Township (approx. 7.1 miles away); Cheney Cemetery Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.5 miles away); Byhalia School Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.9 miles away); Hale Township Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.2 miles away); Green Camp (approx. 9.6 miles away); The Old Blockhouse Site (approx. 10.3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Oorang Indians. (Submitted on January 30, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Remembering the Oorang Indians. (Submitted on January 30, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. History of the Oorang Indians. (Submitted on January 30, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Native Americans • Sports •
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