An Elephant Died in My Hometown

TV writers can’t even make this up.

Photo of Kay’s gravesite by Author.

For centuries, circuses have held a special place in the hearts of children of all of ages. And when something tragic occurs in its world, it’s heartbreaking. The story of Kay the Elephant is no different.

What’s worse is that it happened in my hometown of Taylorville, Illinois.

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Noah Nelson

Noah Nelson

UIUC journalism major| Daily Illini Senior Columnist| Author of “Life: A Collection of Short Stories” and “Dana and Me” | Featured Writer on ILLUMINATION (23x).