Labrador Duck plaque.

Statue of Absent (Dead) Duck

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Elmira, New York

The Labrador Duck was last seen, anywhere on earth, in Elmira's Brand Park in late 1878. It disappeared thereafter. Where it went, along with all of its fellow Labrador ducks, is an unsolved mystery (no, they didn't all go to Labrador). The duck reportedly tasted bad, which rules out the Second Amendment as the culprit. About the only thing the experts can agree on is that after 1878 the Labrador Duck was never seen again, and is almost certainly a dead duck.

In 2009 a life-size bronze statue of the Duck was erected as a memorial in Brand Park. Optimistic visitors can hope that the statue will serve as a decoy, luring the reclusive ducks out of their hiding places. It isn't likely, but you'll never know unless you visit.

Statue of Absent (Dead) Duck

Address:
Catherine St., Elmira, NY
Directions:
I-86/Southern Tier Expy exit 56. Turn west onto Hwy 352/Water St. for about one mile, then turn left at the light onto Madison Ave./Sly St. Cross the bridge and make the first left onto Maple Ave., then make the first left again onto Catherine St. Brand Park will be on the left. The duck stands by itself in the grass on a short concrete pillar, in front of the river berm.
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