San Diego in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Bum - San Diego’s Oﬃcial Town Dog / Greyfriars Bobby
The “Tail” of Two Cities – The Brother Dogs Project
San Diego’s Official Town Dog
Died November 10, 1898 – Aged 12 Years
Died 11th January 1872
Aged 16 Years
Presented to the citizens of San Diego by the citizens of Edinburgh, Scotland to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Sister City link and to extend an invitation to visit Edinburgh,
Our sincere appreciation to all who made this possible:
Centre City Development Corporation
Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation
The Family of Ida Hays Irvine
Marie Hitchcock • Evelyn Carroll • Chrissy McPherren Ambler • Wendy Lucas-Meyer
Erected 2007 by John P. Squibob Chapter 1853, E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 32° 42.64′ N, 117° 9.66′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 4th Avenue and Island Avenue. Click for map. Marker and statues are located in a small park area on the northeast corner. Marker is at or near this postal address: 514 4th Avenue, San Diego CA 92101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quin Building, 1930 (a few steps from this marker); Chinese Laundry, 1923 (a few steps from this marker); Horton Grand - Kahle Saddlery – 1886 (within shouting distance of this marker); William Heath Davis House, 1850 (within shouting distance of this marker); Pacifica Hotel, 1910 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lester Hotel, 1906 (within shouting distance of this marker); Timkin Building, 1894 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chinese Mission Building, 1927 (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Diego.
Also see . . .
1. A Friend Was for Sharing. From an article by William Edward Evans, published in The Journal of San Diego History - San Diego Historical Society Quarterly Newsletter, July 1967.
Along about the turn of the century, San Diego took unto itself a town mascot, a dog by the name of Bum. Bum was not as common as his name may seem to imply; he possessed political aplomb, social mobility, and a remarkably congenial press. To the populace, he became an allegorical figure symbolizing the romantic vagabond. The very personification of Victorian California, he was the happy wanderer who attracted attention wherever he roamed. Because of his good-natured personality, his inquiring mind, and his unfailing sense of cameraderie, Bum rapidly became special to the people of San Diego. His was a good life, based on the carefree traditions of the knights of the open road.
2. Town Dog Bum. A Find-A-Grave posting tells his story along with photos.
3. Greyfriars Bobby. John Gray was a police officer. Regulations required him to have a watch dog. He chose a Skye terrier, about 6 months old. What was the young puppy to be called? There was no doubt, he was called ‘Bobby’ after all he was a police dog!
4. A Memorial to Bobby. This memorial stands at Kirkyard, Scotland.
Categories. • Animals •
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