Orick, California: Big Diamond Historical MarkerMemorial marker in a bar parking lot remembers an elephant who died and was buried nearby in 1927, and was mistaken for a mastadon when unearthed years later. Installed by E Clampus Vitus in 1993.
Hawg Wild Bar & Grill
- 10 Hufford R, Orick, CA
- Along US Hwy 101 in The Hawg Wild Bar & Grill parking lot. Another marker is located in the post office area (across the street?).
Visitor Tips and News About Big Diamond Historical Marker
Big Diamond Historical Marker
The bar parking lot it's in is no longer the Hawg Wild. The sign reads "The Lumberjack." The rock the plaque is on is in the front parking lot facing the hill towards the freeway.[Doneen, 08/29/2013]
Big Diamond's bones were dug up in the vicinity. The neon and metal sign for The Lumberjack appears stained and rusted, so perhaps Hawg Wild was a short-lived tenant beneath the old axeman's blade?
Big Diamond Memorial
A memorial marker in the parking lot of The Hawg Wild Bar & Grill for a circus elephant that died near this spot in 1927. The bones were dug up years later and thought to be that of a mastodon until locals who had known of the elephants death reported the incident to investigators.
Inscription: "Big Diamond", a circus elephant expired near here in 1927. His skinned hulk was buried. Years later, his bones were unearthed and speculation arose about a Humboldt mastodon until investigators were enlightened by people who'd seen the pachyderm's ignominious end.
Erected 1993 by E Clampus Vitus Eureka Chapter 101.[Kim, 10/20/2009]
Obscure event commemorated by the mysterious E Clampus Vitus. We found an account about the elephant online, imperfectly OCR'd from an old publication, so it doesn't seem to be fiction.