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Title, side A
Home of the Oorang Indians, NFL's Most Colorful Franchise
Text, side A
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.
Address
300 S. High Street (State Route 37)
LaRue, OH 43332
Location
On W side of SR 37, in a small woodline just N of bridge over the Scioto River
Coordinates
Latitude: 40.572919, Longitude: -83.384392.
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