Ontario's Historical Plaques 

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Jumbo elephant

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

Jumbo elephant

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

Jumbo elephant

Photo by contributor Bett - September, 2007

Plaque Location

The County of Elgin
The City of St. Thomas
On the west side of Woodworth Avenue
just north of the railway tracks
[Note: The statue is on Talbot Street just west of King Street.]

Coordinates: N 42 47.060 W 81 10.723


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Plaque Text

Near this site on September 15, 1885, one of the best known and most beloved animals met an untimely death when he was struck by a railway locomotive. Jumbo, the 5900 kg African elephant, had been brought to North America in 1882 from the London Zoo where for seventeen years thousands had been fascinated by the mammoth creature. His purchase for £2,000 by the American, P.T. Barnum, raised a nation-wide outcry in Britain and daily reports of his trip across the Atlantic were carried in the British press. From 1882 to 1885 the majestic animal, reputedly born in 1861 and nearly 3 m tall, was one of the foremost attractions of the Barnum and Bailey Circus.



St. Thomas Plaques

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> Posted July 25, 2012
I'm very sad for Jumbo. My great grandfather told all about him from when he was a kid. :(

> Posted September 29, 2010
As of June, 2010, the statue was undergoing restoration.

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