another New York post, but I can't get away from Connecticut as easily with this one. For one thing, I only found out that this town - Somers, NY - even existed because it kept coming up while I was reading about Somers, CT.
Hachaliah Bailey, early 19th century circus leader and owner of the famous (and rather tragic, if you ask me) elephant Old Bet, is not the Bailey of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. That was James Anthony Bailey, who wasn't technically a Bailey at all, but after being given a job by the nephew of Hachaliah Bailey as a young orphaned boy, he took the family's name. He later became the manager of his own circus, and then he met P.T. Barnum, and you can basically figure out the rest of that.
this, which is, well, I think it's funny, but I'm really easily amused. Scroll down for the Connecticut section.)
By the way, Somers, NY has a recurring elephant motif. They're on signs and so on. It's quirky and sweet, and they're probably sick to death of people driving over from Connecticut (a relative latecomer to the whole circus business) to take pictures.
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