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

☨ Columbus (Big Charley Lockhart)
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Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂
Body weight: 6500.00 kg, 14300.00 lbs
Dead date: 1910-06-08
Death reason: euthanised: via potassium cyanide in a sweet potato in Evansville, Wisconsin
Location:George W. Popcorn Hall
ArrivalGeorge 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
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

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Columbus (Big Charley Lockhart), an Asian at George W. Popcorn Hall in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is 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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