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Jim Thorpe Home

706 East Boston Avenue
Yale, OK 74085
Manager: Linda Frick
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National Register of Historic Places

Jim Thorpe Home

The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Jim Thorpe Foundation preserve the former home of the Olympian and celebrated athlete, Jim Thorpe. Visitors to the home can view artifacts, some of Thorpe's many awards, and other family items. Thorpe bears a unique place in history and his legacy lives on. Regardless of whether or not we are satisfied with the various millennium rankings of news and sports organizations, we can be proud of the legacy he leaves.

Born in 1888 in Oklahoma Territory, Jim Thorpe was a Sac and Fox Indian. After attending the Sac and Fox agency school and Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas, he transferred to Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. At Carlisle he led the football team to victories over some of the nation's best college teams—the Army, Navy, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska. In 1912 he participated in the Olympic Games in Stockholm, winning gold medals in both the decathlon and pentathlon. It was then that King Gustav V of Sweden dubbed him "the world's greatest athlete."

Between 1913 and 1919, Thorpe played professional baseball for the New York Giants, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Boston Braves. In 1915 he began playing professional football with the Canton (Ohio) Bulldogs. When the top teams were organized into the American Professional Football Association in 1920, Thorpe was named the first president of the league, which was renamed the National Football League in 1922. Throughout his career he excelled in every sport he played.

Visit The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture to find out more about Jim Thorpe.

This property is managed by the Jim Thorpe Foundation.

display of Jim Thorpe's medalsJim Thorpe in position to sprint