Town of Jim Thorpe, Pa., puts up fight to keep the body of its famous namesake

JIM THORPE, Pa. (AP) — The surviving sons of famed American Indian athlete Jim Thorpe have long fought to get the remains of their father moved from the Pennsylvania town named for him to tribal lands in Oklahoma, where he was born.

They recently won a crucial legal victory that put them close to their goal.

But Jim Thorpe isn’t letting its Olympian namesake go without a fight. Residents and business owners are helping to raise money for the town’s appeal, saying they have honored, appreciated and respected a man long considered one of the 20th century’s best athletes.

Gift shop owner Anne Marie Fitzpatrick keeps a donation jar on the counter that says “Keep Jim Thorpe in Jim Thorpe.” She says the town is proud of its connection to the man.

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APPHOTO PAMR201: FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2010 file photo, a sign in the town of Jim Thorpe, Pa., is shown. The surviving sons of famed American Indian athlete Jim Thorpe won a crucial legal victory in April 2013 that put them close to their goal of bringing their father’s remains from the Pennsylvania town named for him to tribal lands in Oklahoma, where he was born. But the town of Jim Thorpe isn’t letting its Olympian namesake go without a fight. Residents and business owners are helping to raise money for the town’s appeal, saying they have honored, appreciated and respected a man long considered one of the 20th century’s best athletes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (12 Jan 2010)

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APPHOTO PAMR202: FILE – In this photo taken on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, the tomb of Jim Thorpe is shown in Jim Thorpe, Pa. The surviving sons of famed American Indian athlete Jim Thorpe won a crucial legal victory in April 2013 that put them close to their goal of bringing their father’s remains from the Pennsylvania town named for him to tribal lands in Oklahoma, where he was born. But the town of Jim Thorpe isn’t letting its Olympian namesake go without a fight. Residents and business owners are helping to raise money for the town’s appeal, saying they have honored, appreciated and respected a man long considered one of the 20th century’s best athletes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (12 Jan 2010)

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APPHOTO PAMR203: FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2010 file photo a vehicle passes Jim Thorpe’s tomb, left, in Jim Thorpe, Pa. The surviving sons of famed American Indian athlete Jim Thorpe won a crucial legal victory in April 2013 that put them close to their goal of bringing their father’s remains from the Pennsylvania town named for him to tribal lands in Oklahoma, where he was born. But the town of Jim Thorpe isn’t letting its Olympian namesake go without a fight. Residents and business owners are helping to raise money for the town’s appeal, saying they have honored, appreciated and respected a man long considered one of the 20th century’s best athletes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (12 Jan 2010)

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