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Elephants Loose in Arlington, Virginia – A Myth and A Reality

April 23, 2010 · By Angela Render

The Washington Post published this article: “The untruncated tale of the great elephant ‘escape'” By John Kelly, Sunday, April 18, 2010.

John Kelly mentions that the urban legend of Baileys Crossroads being the winter home of some circus elephants is definitely a myth.

He goes on to tell about a true urban legend that’s far more interesting. Apparently in 1906 at South Glebe Road and Jefferson Davis Highway, there was an amusement park called Luna Park. In addition to a log flume, a roller coaster, and some interesting buildings to climb through, it hosted traveling acts. The week of Aug. 20, 1906 featured P.W. Barlow’s trained Asian elephants: Tommie, Queenie, Annie, and Jennie. In a publicity stunt gone terribly wrong, the elephants rampaged through Arlington, Virginia.

This is a fun article and I recommend reading John Kelly’s full account.

Read”The untruncated tale of the great elephant ‘escape'” By John Kelly, Washington Post, Sunday, April 18, 2010.

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