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St. Thomas in Elgin County, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Jumbo

 
 
Jumbo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 11, 2014
1. Jumbo Marker
Inscription. On September 15, 1885, the giant African elephant, star of the Barnum and Bailey Circus, met a untimely death when struck in St. Thomas by a Grand Trunk locomotive. To commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of this tragic event, the citizens of St. Thomas and Elgin County erected this monument which was designed and constructed in Sussex, New Brunswick by Winston Bronnum. The city of St. Thomas provided the site. Listed on these plaques are the names of the Jumbo Centennial Committee members and donors who made this tribute to Jumbo possible.

Click on the image to read the list of donors.
 
Erected 1985 by Jumbo Centennial Committee.
 
Location. 42° 46.731′ N, 81° 12.495′ W. Marker is in St. Thomas, Ontario, in Elgin County. Marker is on Talbot Street just from King Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 70 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, Ontario N5R, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 24 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Middlesex Court House (approx. 22.9 kilometers away); The Founding of London (approx. 23 kilometers away); The Petition of John Ewart
Jumbo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 11, 2014
2. Jumbo Marker
(approx. 23 kilometers away); The Gaol and Courthouse, London, c.1843 (approx. 23 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .  Jumbo the Circus Elephant and His Tragic Death - Awesome Stories. Captured in Africa, Jumbo spent time in London - where he was greatly loved - until Phineas T. Barnum purchased him to star in his circus. Londoners were most distressed to see him leave, in 1882. (Submitted on October 27, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Animals
 
Jumbo and his keeper Matthew Scott image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, n/a
3. Jumbo and his keeper Matthew Scott
The tragic death of Jumbo image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1885
4. The tragic death of Jumbo
Jumbo dead image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, September 15, 1885
5. Jumbo dead
Jumbo's Post-mortem Career image. Click for full size.
By The Strobridge Lithograph Company, 1888
6. Jumbo's Post-mortem Career
...The colossal and prodigious frame of the largest and noblest animal that ever lived. The only elephant skeleton ever publicly exhibited. A strange & amazing show without a parellel [sic]. Mounted by Prof. Henry A. Ward, the distinguished naturalist & scientist of Rochester, N.Y.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 27, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   6. submitted on October 28, 2014. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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