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Elephant Self Storage, Elephant of the Month, Black Diamond

This months elephant of the month, Black Diamond weighing nine tons believed to be the largest Indian Elephant in captivity.

Elephant Storage’s Elephant of the month – Black Diamond

In the circus, they said he was a good worker. They chained him to two females elephants. On October 12, 1929,  in Corsicana, Texas Black Diamond went on a rampage, injuring his long-time former trainer.

Deemed too dangerous to continue with the circus a decision was made to put him down.  Black Diamond was so large it too 100 shots to put him down.

His mounted head and put on display in a museum in Houston, Texas for many years. A local Corsicana businessman, Carmack Watkins bought Black Diamond head. Watkins who was just 5 years old amongst the crowd the day Black Diamond went on the rampage.

In 2006, singer and songwriter Al Evans wrote “Black Diamond’s Song,” in memory of Black Diamond.

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