Columbus (Big Charley Lockhart) at George W. Popcorn Hall

† Columbus (Big Charley Lockhart)
ID Number:
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male, unknown years
Dead date: 1910-06-08
Death reason: euthanised: via potassium cyanide in a sweet potato in Evansville, Wisconsin
Location:George W. Popcorn Hall
ArrivedGeorge W. Popcorn Hall 1908-00-00
from Thomas Hargreaves show
Thomas Hargreaves show 1903-00-00
from George W. Popcorn Hall
George W. Popcorn Hall 1901-00-00
from Ringling Brothers Circus
Ringling Brothers Circus 1897-00-00
from Samuel Lockhart
Born: wild
Body weight (kgs and pounds): 6500.00 kg, 14300.00 lbs
Document updated2009-01-12: Previous locations
1920: "Old Charley," said to be the largest elephant in captivity, and certainly one of the most ugly tempered, died at the farm of "Col." George W. Hall, near Janesville, Wis., June 8. The pachyderm was so vicious last March that the city authorities tried to devise means to end his days. The weight of the dead elephant was six and a half tons, and his trunks are valued at $1,500. He was brought to this country by Lockhart, with the Lockhart herd twenty years ago, and was first seen with the Ringling Show.
New York Clippings, 1920

Sources, among others

  • Page 46, Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, Dokumentation 2 Nordamerika, 1997, by European Elephant Group: Haufellner, Schilfarth, Schweiger
  • Bob Cline, Cheraw, South Carolina, United States.

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