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The Navy Mascot

 
 
The Navy Mascot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., March 15, 2008
1. The Navy Mascot Marker
Inscription. The Naval Academy has had a goat as its mascot since 1890 when, according to legend, on their march from the ferry station at Highland Falls up the steep hill to West Point to play the first Army-Navy football game, the Naval Cadets (as they were then known) saw a goat outside the noncoms' houses at West Point and promptly commandeered "Billy" for their mascot. Since that time the goat has remained as the recognized mascot of the U.S. Naval Academy.
 
Erected 1957 by U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1915.
 
Location. 38° 58.731′ N, 76° 29.054′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is at the intersection of Cooper Road and King George Street, on the right when traveling east on Cooper Road. Click for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy. A picture ID is required to enter the Academy grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21402, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. N* (here, next to this marker); Lieutenant General John Archer Lejeune (within shouting distance of this marker); 75mm. Howitzer (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line);
Dedication Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., March 15, 2008
2. Dedication Marker
Japanese Torpedo (about 700 feet away); Middleton Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Annapolis: Capital of Commerce (approx. 0.2 miles away); Steamboats Give Way to the New Bay Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Transportation on the Chesapeake Highway (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Annapolis.
 
Also see . . .  The Official History of Bill the Goat, the Naval Academy's Mascot. "It was not until 1893, however, that a live goat made his debut as a mascot at the fourth Army-Navy game. Again, it was young naval officers who supplied the mids with their sea-faring pet. The USS New York dropped anchor off Annapolis and the ship’s mascot, a goat bearing the name El Cid (The Chief), was brought ashore for the service clash. The West Pointers were defeated for the third time, and the midshipmen feted El Cid along with the team." (Submitted on March 25, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
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The Navy Mascot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., March 15, 2008
3. The Navy Mascot Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 7,367 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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