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Occasionally, one just stumbles across a very odd site that you have trouble putting into context. Such a thing happened to me yesterday when traveling on rural Indiana State Route 262 near Dillsboro, Indiana. At first my mind was just focused on getting home and it barely registered in my mind that I had just passed an “elephant.” But sure enough I had. I hit the brakes and turned around. It’s not everyday, after all, that you seem an elephant: real,imaginary, or fake just sitting in a field. What IS this gentle giant? And how did it get there? And why is it here? The life-sized mock pachyderm is sitting behind a chain-link fence, sitting atop a flat-bed trailer. The area is fenced off and appears to be abandoned. A couple of low-slung buildings on the property seem vacant. yet this elephant must have a story to tell. Someone out there knows. Why is this elephant here and where did it come from? Kind of sad to see such a regal creature that probably brought a lot of joy to people in whatever capacity it was used in just sitting abandoned…..
UPDATE: One of our readers from Dillsboro didn’t have specific information about the elephant (maybe that it was once used in parades), but he said the property was part of an old missile base during the height of the 1950s Cold War. The base was decommissioned at some point and the property is now in private hands. That just sort of deepens the mystery for me of what this elephant’s story is and what its sad, cartoonish eyes are saying….