Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Day the Elephant's Duffered

From Postcard Roundup:

The Glenwood Hotel in Riverside, California. In April of 1908 the hotel was host to more than a little excitement following an explosion at a Standard Oil storage tank. The explosion sparked a stampede of elephants at the Sells-Floto Circus, set up a couple of blocks from the storage tanks, with one particularly enraged pachyderm charging into the courtyard of the Glenwood Hotel. One woman was killed, and a man suffered broken ribs attempting to divert the elephant out of the courtyard. The animal crashed his way into the hotel, passing through the barbershop before exiting to Main Street. The elephant continued it’s rampage in the city streets until eventually being brought down following multiple gun shots.

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