Jim Thorpe Hall

Jim Thorpe Hall

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Thorpe, Building No. 106, the power plant, was constructed in 1958 at a cost of $536,688. This new building, located to the south of the Machine Shop/old Power Plant, replaced the antiquated heating plant and was named in honor of Jim Thorpe, a famous athlete, and dedicated in 1959. Thorpe, a Sac-Fox Indian, was born May 28, 1888, near Prague, Oklahoma, at that time Indian Territory. At the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, the 185-pound Jim Thorpe made Olympic history. He became the first man to win both the pentathlon (five events) and decathlon (ten events) in the same year and was acclaimed “World’s Greatest Athlete.” Shortly after the Olympics however, it was discovered that Thorpe had played semipro baseball from 1908 to 1910. He was stripped of his amateur status and the trophies he won were taken away. They are now on display in Lucerne, Switzerland. Some historians have claimed that Thorpe received only his expenses (baseball is not an Olympic sport). It is also alleged that no hearing was held to give Thorpe an opportunity to defend the charges against him. Thorpe never pressed the issue. Jim Thorpe, former Haskell Institute student, died at the age of 65 in 1953. The building today is used for storage and at one point held the Haskell Band. #American #building #component #education #geography #gis #Haskell #hinu #history #Indian #jim_thorpe #Kansas #ku #landmark #Lawrence #model #nation #native #school #sketchup #university
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