This cache is part of the Linn Creek Trail: Marshalltown History series. Follow the bike trail to a series of caches highlighting prominent figures in Marshalltown history. Each cache will require you to leave the trail and search for a hidden cache. The caches in this series vary in difficulty and terrain.
Alvin “Allie” Morrison (1904-1966)
Allie, born and raised in Marshalltown, became the first Iowan to win an Olympic gold medal. An accomplished all-round athlete, the 5 foot 5 inch Morrison became an elite wrestler. He won two state championships during his sophomore and junior year. Due to his age (21years), he was not able to compete during his senior year, but was asked to assist the MHS coach who knew basketball and not wrestling. Allie and Coach Rupp led the Bobcats to the state championship in 1926.
Morrison then enrolled at the University of Illinois. In addition to wrestling at the University of Illinois, Allie Morrison played football for the Fighting Illini. While at Illinois, Morrison crafted a successful wrestling career, compiling a perfect 22-0 record, and winning the 1928 Big Ten title at 135 pounds.
Weeks after winning his third AAU mat title, Allie Morrison competed at the 1928 U.S. Olympic Trials, winning the event and earning a place on the U.S. freestyle Olympic team that would compete at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. Allie Roy Morrison was the only U.S. wrestler to be awarded gold at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. What's more, he was the first American wrestler to earn that honor since the modern Olympics were established in 1896.