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Dowden's Ordinary: The Elephant Comes to Clarksburg

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, June 18, 2011
1. Dowden's Ordinary: The Elephant Comes to Clarksburg Marker
Inscription. "This elephant, a female, is ten Years old, 8 feet 6 inches high. Her tusks have been broken off, but are growing again, having lengthened about an inch in the last 3 Months. . . . She takes a whip and cracks it, eats 2 Bushels of corn in [sic] the Cob a day . . . . She draws a cork from a bottle with her finger, empties it into her trunk and then pours, or blows into her mouth."
- Benjamin H. Latrobe, 1811-

Benjamin Latrobe, architect of the US Capitol made this entry in his sketchbook for October 11, 1811 during his stay at Scholl's Tavern (previously called Dowden's Ordinary). The description accompanied his drawing of the first elephant ever seen in North America. Capt. Jacob Crowninshield of Massachusetts, purchased the elephant in India for $450.00 and brought to the United States. He later sold it to Mr. Owen of New York for $10,000. The elephant toured the east coast from Boston to Charleston between 1796 and 1818. People paid 25 to 50 cents to view the elephant in city marketplaces or rural tavern yards like Scholl's. The elephant's last recorded exhibition was in York, Pennsylvania on July 25, 1818.
 
Erected by Montgomery County Parks.
 
Location. 39° 14.186′ N, 77° 16.686′ W. Marker is
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By Dowden's Ordinary Marker
2. The Elephant Comes to Clarksburg
in Clarksburg, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on North Frederick Road (Maryland Route 355) near Stringtown Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located next to a County Playground,in the Dowden's Ordinary Historical area. Marker is in this post office area: Clarksburg MD 20871, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Archaeology at Dowden's Ordinary (within shouting distance of this marker); Tavern Life at Dowden's Ordinary (within shouting distance of this marker); Dowden's Ordinary: A French & Indian War Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Dowden’s Ordinary (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Froggy Hollow (approx. 1.9 miles away); Waters' Mill (approx. 2.5 miles away); A Real Field of Dreams (approx. 2.7 miles away); Black Hill Gold Mine (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Clarksburg.
 
Categories. Animals
 
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3. The Elephant Comes to Clarksburg
The Elephant Comes to Clarksburg Marker, image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 18, 2011
4. The Elephant Comes to Clarksburg Marker,
next to a County Playground,in the Dowden's Ordinary Historical area.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 452 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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