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Re: Legend: Horned Toad survived 30 yrs in cornerstone



Could I interest you in purchasing some prime (underwater) beachfront
property in Florida???  How about owning the Brooklyn Bridge???

(smile)...an old story here in Texas...

Cheers...

        Clair Ossian



On 6/26/11 6:27 PM, "Richard W. Travsky" <rtravsky@uwyo.edu> wrote:

> 
> Came across this while looking for something else. I have my doubts
> but it's a good yarn.
> 
> http://www.roadsideamerica.com/pet/rip.html
> 
> In 1897, a horned toad was placed in the cornerstone of the courthouse in
> Eastland, TX, as it was being sealed. People remembered the event, but no
> one thought much of it until 1928, when the courthouse was demolished to
> make way for a new, Jazz Age model. Three thousand people were on hand to
> watch the opening of the old cornerstone. Inside lay the horned toad, all
> right -- flat and covered with dust -- and ALIVE! After 31 years!
> ...
> Eleven months after his resurrection, Old Rip croaked. His body was
> embalmed and placed in a tiny, open casket -- velvet lined -- in the lobby
> of the new courthouse.
> ...
>