Home of the Oorang Indians

Home of the Oorang Indians (HMHY9)

Location: La Rue, OH 43332 Marion County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 34.372', W 83° 23.062'

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NFL's Most Colorful Franchise

The Oorang Indian football team was founded by LaRue native Walter Lingo (1890-1966), owner of the Oorang Airedale Dog Kennels. The team, comprised of Native American Indians, played in the National Football League (NFL) in 1922-23.

The star player and coach was Jim Thorpe (1887-1953), a Sac and Fox Indian. Thorpe gained international fame as a two-time gold medal winner (decathlon and pentathlon) in the 1912 Olympics and was acclaimed as the "World's Greatest Athlete."

The team gave LaRue the distinction of being the smallest community ever to have an NFL franchise.
HM NumberHMHY9
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number7-51
Year Placed1997
Placed ByMarion County Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 7:55am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 298173 N 4494075
Decimal Degrees40.57286667, -83.38436667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 34.372', W 83° 23.062'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 34' 22.32" N, 83° 23' 3.72" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-400 S High St, La Rue OH 43332, US
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