Jim Thorpe’s Remains Staying in Carbon County

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JIM THORPE -- A federal appeals court declined to hear an appeal from the family of legendary athlete Jim Thorpe Wednesday. That means his remains will stay in Carbon County.

A federal court ruled last year a law protecting the remains of Native Americans doesn't apply in Thorpe's case.

The remains of the Olympic champion and pro football and baseball star were moved to Carbon County in the 1950s.

Two boroughs merged and adopted Thorpe's name in an effort to attract tourists.


  • ME2

    Good! I’m tired of his family and their court cases. Nothing but a waste of time and money. I understand their feeling of wanting their loved ones around, but a deal is a deal. Live with it.

  • Randy

    The family should be honored that people think so much about there family member and have idolized him, he will be in history books, and known for years to come. It may not be life after death but memory after death also carries on.

  • Jake

    What a bunch of bs. The familys wishes should be the final say. Thy should rip those judges off the benches and sue the state for putting such morons in command.

    • Jay

      It was the wish of his third wife, whom he was married to when he died, that his remains be placed and memorialized in Mauch Chunk (Jim Thorpe,) PA. Though her motivations for doing so remain clouded by history, what right does a federal judge have to disregard her wishes?

    • marie

      I would agree but for the fact that his family wanted nothing to do with him when he was alive. Plus it was his own wish to be buried in this area that he loved. His last wishes come first.

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