Salina, Kansas: Bones of Famous Elephant (Closed)

Snyder went on a rampage and had to be killed; his bones are here -- but no longer on display!

Directions:
Smokey Hill Museum. I-135 exit 93. East on State St. for 1.5 miles, jog right then left onto Iron Ave., then one-half mile to the Museum, which is at the corner of 7th St., one block west of Santa Fe Ave.
Hours:
Tu-F 12-5, Sa 10-5, Su 1-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
785-309-5776
Status:
Closed

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Bones of Famous Elephant

On display at the Smokey Hill Museum at Salina Kansas are the bones of the one time famous performing elephant "Snyder" formerly of the Sells-Floto Circus. On September 13, 1920, Snyder went on a rampage and had to be killed. He was given 32 grains of cyanide of potassium -- when that didn't do the job he had to be shot over 15 times with steel nosed bullets from the local military academy.

[Kenton Cornish, 09/30/2001]

June 2007: The bones of Snyder were removed in 2004 and replaced by displays of tools and quilts. The museum director told us, "We just didn't have the room."


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