Wabash in Wabash County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Thomas F. Payne / Modoc
The New Bradley Building
Thomas Payne constructed this historic building in 1868 for a woodworking and furniture shop that was without equal within 100 miles. In 1920, the Bradley family, with architect A.M. Strauss, completed a major overhaul for their Bradley Brothers Drug Store. The second story became a leading center for prominent doctors, lawyers, and businessmen, even sporting a medicinal bath. Residential tenants have occupied this historic site since the Bradley renovation.
Most Famous Elephant in America
When the Great American Circus staged a performance at Wabash High School on Nov. 11, 1942, Modoc escaped and wandered downtown. Upon smelling fresh-roasted peanuts here at the Bradley Brothers Drug Store, she smashed through the front door, gobbled up the peanuts, and then proceeded on a five-day rampage through two counties. Her antics hit headlines across the country, making Modoc the most famous elephant in America for one week in 1942!
Erected by Wabash Marketplace, Inc. and Wabash Historic Preservation.
Location. 40° 47.798′ N, 85° 49.333′ W. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205 S. Miami St, Wabash IN 46992, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brush Carbon Arc Light (a few steps from this marker); Wabash County (Indiana) Honor Rolls (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Electrically Lighted City (about 700 feet away); Paradise Spring Treaty Ground (approx. ¼ mile away); Settler's Cabin (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Big Four Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); Quarters of Captain Frederick R. Kintner (approx. 0.3 miles away); Quarters of Major General John Tipton (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wabash.
Also see . . .
1. Modoc the Elephant. From the DrHorsefly blog. (Submitted on August 23, 2014.)
2. Elephant Hunt Getting Serious. From the November 13, 1942 edition of the Milwaukee Journal. (Submitted on August 23, 2014.)
Categories. • Animals • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce •
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