Jumbo the Elephant - Medford, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 24.467 W 071° 07.225
19T E 325514 N 4697231
Quick Description: A memorial statue of Jumbo the Elephant is located on the campus of Tufts University in Medford, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 6/3/2013 3:55:54 AM
Waymark Code: WMH79Y
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
Jumbo the Elephant was born in 1861 in the French Sudan (now Mali) and placed on exhibit at the Paris Zoo. In 1865 he was transferred to the London Zoo and subsequently bought by P. T. Barnum, in 1881, where he became a featured attraction in the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Jumbo met an untimely death on September 15, 1885, when he was hit by a locomotive while the traveling circus was loading onto trains in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. After his death Jumbo's body parts were subdivided. His skeleton was sent to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The heart went to Cornell University and his hide was stuffed, mounted and put on display with the circus. In 1889, Barnum donated Jumbo to Tufts University, where he was a benefactor and trustee. The elephant soon became the school mascot. In fact the school sports teams are to this day called the Jumbos. Jumbo was on display until it was destroyed in a fire in 1975. His ashes are kept in a 14 oz Peter Pan Crunch Peanut Butter jar kept in the athletic office. A fiberglass statue of Jumbo the Elephant, is located in the center of the campus near the Barnum Hall.
Price of Admission: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

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