Octagon Barn Erected for Dunk

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A temporary octagonal barn is hastily erected at the National Zoological Park to accommodate the unexpected gift of "Dunk," an Asiatic elephant by Mr. James E. Cooper, proprietor of the Adam Forepaugh Circus. Although the barn was designed to hold one animal, Mr. Cooper lent a second elephant, "Gold Dust", as a companion to Dunk, and it too is placed in the barn.


  • Dunk (Elephant)
  • Gold Dust (Elephant)
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Octagon Barn


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1891, p. 50
  • Ewing, Heather P. An Architectural History of the National Zoological Park, p. 28
  • Mergen, Alexa. From Bison to Biopark: 100 Years of the National Zoo. Washington, D.C.: Friends of the National Zoo, 1989., p. 4

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


April 30, 1891


  • Animals
  • Architecture
  • Elephants
  • Buildings
  • Building

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