Pete, Robot Talking Crow

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Georgetown, Kentucky

He was only in town from 1829 and 1832, but Pete the Talking Crow left behind an enduring, obnoxious bird legend. Hat shop owner Dave Adams would attend horse races with his crow Pete, who developed the habit of yelling "Go!" at the horses. Accounts at the time claim that after repeated false starts, officials were forced to use a bell instead of a shout to start the horses. This began the custom of using a bell to start horse races, which is still in use today.

The crow was shot in 1832 by a boy visiting town (Pete apparently didn't have time to yell anything) and was buried in a coffin in an unmarked grave at Georgetown College.

You can still experience Pete. An animatronic version of the bird entertains visitors at the Georgetown-Scott County Museum.

Pete, Robot Talking Crow

Georgetown and Scott County Museum

229 E. Main St., Georgetown, KY
Georgetown and Scott County Museum. On the north side of US Hwy 460/E. Main St. at the corner of Mulberry St., which is three blocks east of US Hwy 25.
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