Madera in Madera County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Polly was most popular for his colorful vocabulary that he learned from his miner friends and his ability to mimic them. Galahad - A nine-foot alligator spent most of his early years in a small bathtub behind a saloon owned by a Mr. Glass, who used to kid with the Chinese and tell them that he was actually a little Chinese dragon.
Polly nearly met his demise when he and another occupant of the park (a raccoon) had encountered each other and the raccoon’s intention was to have Polly for dinner. The raccoon was banished from the zoo and Polly lived his remaining years with Mr. Heiskell's daughter. After his death, he was sent to a taxidermist, stuffed and resides in the present Courthouse Museum.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Animals. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 36° 57.6′ N, 120° 3.619′ W. Marker is in Madera, California, in Madera County. Marker is on West 6th Street 0.1 miles west of South Gateway Drive, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located at the Madera Courthouse Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 West 6th Street, Madera CA 93637, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Madera County Library Service (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Madera to Yosemite Stage Route (about 700 feet away); Borden Chinese Cemetery (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Borden Chinese Cemetery (approx. 2.9 miles away); Madera (approx. 4 miles away); Berenda (approx. 7.4 miles away); Dixieland School (approx. 8.8 miles away); Sierra Sky Park (approx. 13½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madera.
More about this marker. The marker is topped with a concrete and river rock alligator.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 2,033 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 27, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of "Polly" at the Courthouse Museum. • Can you help?