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Grave of Norma Jean the Elephant

5th st., Oquawka, Illinois 61469 USA

“Attractions in Oquawks, IL”

Grave and final resting place of Norma Jean the elephant who in 1972 was killed after the tree she was chained to was struck by lightning.Within the city exists a memorial and grave marker to a circus elephant named Norma Jean, who perished on July 17, 1972 after being struck by lightning. The pachyderm was attached to a small circus that performed in the city. Norma Jean was buried on the spot, and the circus, without its star attraction, closed within a year. Later, local pharmacist Wade Meloan spearheaded the drive to build the monument that stands over her grave.[

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Grave of Norma Jean the Elephant

5th st.
Oquawka, Illinois
61469 USA

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