US 231 renamed in honor of local sports hero

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A section of the new U.S. 231 is being named after Lafayette sports hero, Ray Ewry.

A ceremony was held Friday at Jefferson High School in Lafayette to celebrate the renaming of a stretch of the highway in West Lafayette. The section of U.S. 231 between Martin Jischke Drive and Lindberg Road will bear the name of Ray Ewry Memorial Highway.

Ewry’s grandson Tom Carson made the trip from Baltimore to speak on his behalf.

“Conquering polio, conquering his fight against arthritis and a bad back. He kept on going and perservered and that’s obviously the spirit of Indiana and Purdue,” said Carson. “I just want to thank everybody — starting in Indiana, to Lafayette, to West Lafayette, to Purdue — for honoring my grandfather.”

Ewry was a graduate of Jefferson High School and Purdue University. He led Purdue to a national championship in track and field and won 10 gold medals in the Olympics from 1900 to 1908.

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