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Thorpe Hall

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, April 2018
1. Thorpe Hall Marker
Inscription. Thorpe Hall, built in 1887 with funds contributed by Carlisle Indian Industrial School students, served as a gymnasium for the Indian School. Sports flourished at the school, producing top athletes such as Lewis Tewanima, a star long distance runner, and Jim Thorpe, the famed track and football player.
Wa-Tho-Huk, known to most as Jim Thorpe, is arguably the greatest athlete of the twentieth century. He was born near Prague, Oklahoma, on May 28, 1887. He excelled as an athlete and participated in the Indian School’s football, lacrosse and track teams. In 1912, he travelled with Tewanima and his coach, Glenn “Pop” Warner, to the Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden, where he won both the pentathalon and the decathlon. It was at these games that King Gustav V of Sweden gave Thorpe his title:
”Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world.”
Thorpe is said to have simply “Thanks, King.” But Thorpe’s life was far from perfect. After word leaked out that he had played two years of semi-professional baseball, his Olympic medals were taken away. Despite this setback, Thorpe continued his endeavors in sports, playing both professional baseball and football. In 1953, Thorpe died of a heart attack. The next year, the gymnasium was renamed Thorpe Hall in his honor. It was not until 1982
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By Larry Gertner, April 2018
2. Thorpe Hall
From the 1895 addition side.
that his Olympic medals were restored.

Donated by US Army War College Alumni Class of 2010
Eagle Scout Project by Timothy Loney, Troop 173
Research assistance from Jessica Sheets and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
Images from USAMHI, Carlisle Indian Industrial School Photographic Collection

 
Erected by US Army War College Alumni Class of 2010.
 
Location. 40° 12.577′ N, 77° 10.668′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Lovell Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of Carlisle Barracks. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Revolutionary War Forge (within shouting distance of this marker); Upton Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Hall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); To Commemorate the First Home of the "Mobile Arm" (about 400 feet away); Dragoon Circle (about 400 feet away); Army Medical Department Memorial (about 400 feet away); Wheelock Bandstand (about 500 feet away); Richard Henry Pratt (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. Native AmericansSports
 
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By Larry Gertner, April 2018
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Thorpe Hall before the three story addition, which was constructed in 1895.
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Interior of Thorpe Hall, with Indian School students playing basketball.
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Jim Thorpe in Indian School football uniform.
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Jim Thorpe, far left, jumping a hurdle.
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By Larry Gertner, April 2018
7. Thorpe Hall Marker
On the parade ground side of the building extension, visible near the door.
Thorpe Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 2018
8. Thorpe Hall Marker
On the parade ground side of the building extension, visible near the door.
Thorpe Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 2018
9. Thorpe Hall Marker
On the avenue side of the old hall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 4, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   7, 8, 9. submitted on July 8, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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