McPherson, Kansas: Skin of Leo, MGM Lion (Gone)

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McPherson Museum

Directions:
McPherson Museum. I-135 exit 60. West on US 56/E. Kansas Ave. for a little over 1.5 miles. Museum on the right, just past the stoplight at Maxwell St.
Hours:
August 2016: Skin reported removed from public view.
Status:
Gone

Leo the Lion.

Skin of Leo, MGM Lion

The skin of one of MGM's many "Leo the Lion"s was in the McPherson town museum until it deteriorated beyond repair.

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Leo the Lion Rug

Dublin Zoo got its first pair of lions in 1855, and when food supplies dwindled during the 1916 Rising the lions were fed while the other animals had to go hungry. On March 20, 1927, the lion Cairbre was born in Dublin, and went on to international fame in the logo of MGM film studios. A few years ago there an attempt to get some DNA off of the lion rug in McPherson. I have yet to see any feedback on that. But the information above would lead any rational person to conclude that the skin in McPherson is NOT from the original Leo the Lion, which people saw buried in Gillette, New Jersey.

[Joseph DuPont, 03/20/2015]
Skin of Leo, MGM Lion

The museum is in a new building that opened last year and some exhibits are still under construction. Leo has been taken off exhibit for restoration. The museum was still an interesting stop, but no lion.

[Cheryl Speights, 07/18/2014]
Leo the Lion's skin

MGM's Leo the Lion's hide is in the McPherson's town museum, upstairs on the second floor. Don't know the number to call - located in a 1920's restored mansion. McPherson is a very small town -- hard to miss the attraction.

[Nina Harmes, 02/24/2001]

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