It’s all about the man

If it’s the third weekend in May, it’s time to celebrate the man, athlete and Olympic legend, Jim Thorpe.

The Annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 at the Josiah White Park (train station) in Jim Thorpe.

The festivities kick off on Saturday morning at 10:30 am with a Native American tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum, located at Joe Boyle Circle and Route 903, the site where in 1957 the Jim Thorpe Memorial Mausoleum Committee  laid earth from the Prague, Oklahoma farm where Thorpe was born, as well as soil from Saupula, Oklahoma, the Polo Grounds (the former home of the New York Giants, where Thorpe played), the pitching mound of Indian Field at the Carlisle Indian School, as well as the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden where Thorpe won the decathlon and pentathlon.

  • Jim Thorpe Burial site
  • Jim Thorpe Football statue
  • Image of Jim Thorpe memorials
  • Jim Thorpe statue dedicated May 21, 2011

Don Wild Eagle, grandson John Thorpe and Carlisle Guests will be on hand for the ceremony. At 11 a.m., the Olympian Cross Country and Track teams will carry the lighted torch from the monument to the Jim Thorpe High School Stadium to light the Olympic Torch for the Special Olympic Track and Field Competition and then down 903 to the Heights, down Opera House Hill and then down Broadway to Josiah White Park for the lighting of an Olympic Torch.

The Varsity Cheerleaders will stretch a ribbon across Broadway in front of the County of Carbon Court House prior to the arrival of the runners. Medals will be awarded to the team and coach and the resolution that Rep. Doyle Heffley had the Pennsylvania House pass declaring that May 18, 2019 has been named “James Francis Thorpe Day” in the Commonwealth will be read.

Festivities, including Native American dancing and drumming, will continue throughout the weekend at the Josiah White Park. For more information, visit

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