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Chester in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pet Cemetery

 
 
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Photographed By Clifton Patrick, August 16, 2010
1. Pet Cemetery Marker
Chester Pet Cemetery Marker in storage at Town of Chester Public Works barn, awaiting installation.
Inscription.  
Buried near here is King the Palisades performing lion & girl friend of chimp F J Muggs (sic), plus 250 gravesites of beloved pets
 
Erected 1997 by Town of Chester Historian.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsCemeteries & Burial Sites.
 
Location. 41° 19.858′ N, 74° 16.137′ W. Marker is in Chester, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on Restdale Rd, 0 miles Laroe Rd (Route 45). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40 Restdale Rd, Chester NY 10918, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Furybrook Farm (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sugar Loaf School District #4 (approx. one mile away); Sugar Loaf Community of Craftsmen (approx. 1.2 miles away); Chester Militia (approx. 1.8 miles away); Yelverton Inn (approx. 1.8 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); First Post Office in Chester (approx. 2 miles away); Revolutionary Militia of Orange and Ulster (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
More about this marker. Marker was never erected, reportedly due to the objections of a nearby property owner.
 
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Earl and Ethel Purtle trained the lion "King" to ride and perform in a "drome." They were a fixture at Palisade Amusement Park across the Hudson River from New York City for many years.

Chimpanzee "J. Fred Muggs" was the mascot on the "Today" television show in the 1950s. His "girlfriend" was Phoebe B. Beebe.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lions and Their Ladies. Thrillarama website entry (Submitted on August 19, 2010, by Clifton Patrick of Chester, NY, United States.) 

2. J. Fred Muggs. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on December 21, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

3. Eagle Scout Restores Plaques At Pet Cemetery. Warwick Valley Dispatch website entry (Submitted on December 21, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2010, by Clifton Patrick of Chester, NY, United States. This page has been viewed 1,513 times since then and 61 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 16, 2010, by Clifton Patrick of Chester, NY, United States. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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Aug. 19, 2022