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.
Erected 2007 by Grub Gulch Chapter 41-49, E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Madera Courthouse Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 West 6th Street, Madera CA 93637, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 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); Madera (approx. 4 miles away); Berenda (approx. 7.4 miles away); Sycamore Point (was approx. 9½ miles away but has been reported missing. ); Sierra Sky Park (approx. 13½ miles away); Forestiere Underground Gardens (approx. 14.4 miles away); Railroads of Chowchilla (approx. 15.6 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.
Categories. • Animals •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 1,766 times since then and 14 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?