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Comelade
June 12th, 2006, 05:23 PM
I seek to know, if it is true that in 1884 Phinéas T Barnum tested the solidity of Brooklyn bridge with the elephants of its circus ?

if you have sources Internet where other

Thank You

MrSpice
June 12th, 2006, 05:26 PM
I seek to know, if it is true that in 1884 Phinéas T Barnum tested the solidity of Brooklyn bridge with the elephants of its circus ?

if you have sources Internet where other

Thank You

Actually, elephants live a long time. Maybe there are some elephants that are still alive and can tell us more about this :)

Comelade
July 22nd, 2006, 01:26 AM
Question put to the Library Of Congress



Thank you again for your query and for using Ask a Librarian (< http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ >), the online reference service of the Library of Congress. We appreciate your patience while we researched the answer to your question.

Yes, this story is true. As the historian David McCullough notes in his book The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972; reprinted with a new introduction by the author, 2001; Library of Congress call number: TG25.N53 M32 2001), “In May of 1884, P.T. Barnum, ‘in the interest of the dear public,’ took a herd of twenty-one elephants, including the famous ‘Jumbo,’ over the bridge to Brooklyn and thereupon declared that he, too, was now perfectly satisfied as to the solidity of the masterpiece” (page 502).

Recently two children’s books have been published about this episode, which you may be able to obtain in a library or through an online bookseller such as < http://www.amazon.fr/ >:

Prince, April Jones, with illustrations by Francois Roca. Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
Library of Congress call number: PZ7.P93585 Tw 2005
Publisher description: < http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0616/2004005229-d.html >

Bildner, Phil, with illustrations by LeUyen Pham. Twenty-One Elephants. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2004.
Library of Congress call number: PZ7.B4923 Twe 2004
Publisher description: < http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/simon051/2004000349.html >

each time I board put a question with the Library Of Congress about the history of New York, they always answered. really sympathetic nerve :)

ablarc
July 22nd, 2006, 09:28 AM
lofter1 is our Library of Congress. Where were you on this one, lofter?

Comelade
July 22nd, 2006, 09:38 AM
lofter1 is our Library of Congress. Where were you on this one, lofter?

I do not understand too your question, sorry my English is not always perfect

It's the American's Library of Congress : http://www.loc.gov/index.html

you can put all questions about the history of the USA (and thus of New York) and they answer rather quickly. I often use it when I put myself questions about the history of New York (my hobby)

In France there is not a service like that, unfortunately. And they are very sympathetic nerves

ablarc
July 22nd, 2006, 09:41 AM
^ Sorry, I was jokingly referring to the fact that lofter1 is quick to answer factual questions --just like the Library of Congress.

Comelade
July 22nd, 2006, 09:49 AM
^ Sorry, I was jokingly referring to the fact that lofter1 is quick to answer factual questions --just like the Library of Congress.

:):) Ok for Barnum's brooklyn

the Library of Congress : 1
Lofter1 : 0

:D:D:D

ManhattanKnight
July 22nd, 2006, 12:23 PM
if it is true that in 1884 Phinéas T Barnum tested the solidity of Brooklyn bridge with the elephants of its circus ?



This event and a few myths arising from it were explored a few weeks ago in this WNY thread (starting with Post #19):

http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3082

lofter1
July 22nd, 2006, 04:44 PM
I thought so ^^, too.

Besides, I wouldn't want those hardworking Congressional Librarians to just be sitting there twiddling their thumbs.

And thanks for that link, Comelade. Sometimes there are things that even Google can't solve.

milleniumcab
July 24th, 2006, 12:23 AM
Yes , I asked a question similar to yours and ManhattanKnight gave some historical facts on it..

Comelade
September 7th, 2006, 12:45 PM
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