Jim Thorpe is considered one of the best
athletes in american sports. He won Olympic medals,
played professional football, Major League Baseball
and also professional basketball. After he was awarded
his Olympic medals the Olympic commitee took them back
becuase it was found that he played 2 seasons of minor
leagu baseball before taking part in the olympic games.
It took 30 years of his family and friends fighting
for him to get his medals restored. The NFL gave Jim
one of there highest honors in 1963 by inducting him
into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The town of Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania known
as the "Switzwerland of America" was created
in a deal with Jim Thorpe 3rd wife after his death in
1953. The towns of Mauch Chuck and East Mauch Chunk
agreed to buy Jims remains, erect a monument to him
and rename their towns in his honor. This deal was made
in a hope to increase the tourism to the area.