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On This Day in History: April 9: BIG Attraction at Brooklyn Bridge

P.T. Barnum’s BIGGEST attraction Jumbo arrived in New York on April 9, 1882. Jumbo was the largest bush elephant ever held in captivity. He is shown in this photo with his trainer who guided him across the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883
P.T. Barnum’s BIGGEST attraction Jumbo arrived in New York on April 9, 1882. Jumbo was the largest bush elephant ever held in captivity. He is shown in this photo with his trainer who guided him across the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883


2007-04-09 - Manhattan, United States , Brooklyn Eagle

Crowds of New Yorkers were at the docks on April 9, 1882 when a transatlantic steamer arrived from England. They were there to welcome P.T. Barnum’s newest “oddity” to the U.S. From the ship’s hold came Jumbo, probably the largest bush elephant ever held in captivity. At the age of 16, his height at the shoulder was estimated at 11'6'. He weighed 6½ tons. As Jumbo made his way from the New York docks to his new quarters at Madison Square Garden a large crowd of spectators joined the par...



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