Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Grave of Kay – the Circus Elephant

Not too many places can tell of the final resting place of an elephant. Christian County, IL. can . . . thanks to the generosity of several Taylorville/Christian Co. residents and the president of the Dakota Granite Company.

According to Kay’s obituary that was carried in Taylorville’s Breeze-Courier Kay died October 21, 1994. Barbara Byrd, Kay’s owner of over 50 years had the following inscription put on Kay’s Gravestone:

“In appreciation for over 50 years of devotion and for the joy you brought to millions of children of all ages.”

The Breeze-Courier article will be put in it’s entireity on the website of the Christian County IL. Genealogical Society (CCGS). And, when you’re in Taylorville, IL and would like to visit Kay’s grave site, Joan Pearson-Blood (CCGS Webmaster) will post the location on the CCGS’s embedded Google Map.