The Elephant Man

Feb 1, 2018

A reproduction of an 1808 article in the Lexington Kentucky Reporter announcing that Little Bet was on view, and the only known photograph of Hachaliah Bailey.
Credit Town of Somers Historical Society and The William and Nancy Bailey Collection

The first circus elephant in America didn’t start with Barnum & Bailey. It was more than a generation earlier. And it ended in bloodshed – not once, but twice. The saga began in the early 1800s with a man who came from the town of Somers, New York.

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