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Somers, New York: Old Bet the Elephant

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Elephant Hotel

Address:
335 US-202, Somers, NY
Directions:
Downtown, at the corner of US-202/Somers Rd and NY-100/Somerstown Tpke.
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Old Bet the elephant.

Old Bet the Elephant

A nearly 200-year-old monument and hotel mark the hometown of America's first assassinated elephant. The old monument-topping elephant, removed in 2023, was replaced with a new, bronze elephant in April 2024.

Roadsideamerica.com Report... [04/04/2021]

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Old Bet the Elephant, 2024.

Elephant Hotel

This is the Elephant Hotel and the new "Old Bet" the Elephant, dedicated on April 20th, 2024.

[Ed Dowdall, 05/24/2024]

Old Bet the Elephant.

Old Bet the Elephant

The new "Old Bet" was dedicated and unveiled on April 20, 2024.

[Edward Dowdall, 04/25/2024]

The new Old Bet is made of bronze and is expected to last at least a hundred years. It's the fourth Old Bet elephant statue to top its pedestal since 1827; the first one was made of wood.

Old Bet the Elephant

According to the local pharmacist, Old Bet was removed from her pedestal and taken inside the building, now the town hall, for repairs. Then it was discovered that the pedestal was cracked, too. No known date of return.

[Richard Shroyer, 11/26/2023]

Old Bet is to be replaced by a new Old Bet, made of bronze. It will be the fourth elephant to top the pedestal since 1827.


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