Louisville Magazine

OCT 2018

Louisville Magazine is Louisville's city magazine, covering Louisville people, lifestyles, politics, sports, restaurants, entertainment and homes. Includes a monthly calendar of events.

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thegrnd-sl.com 24 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 10.18 THE BIT Since 1925, when the Kosair Shrine Circus first came to town, rides on its Asian elephants have been a huge draw. In this 1928 photo, specific location for the makeshift stable unknown, a fully relaxed Louisville Mayor William Harrison gets a pachydermal lift, surrounded by Shriners and what appears to be a precursor to Sesame Street's Big Bird. When Jefferson County issued a ban on riding performing animals in 1990 (sparked by a man wrestling a bear as entertainment), the circus ignored the ordinance for 12 years; then, after three years of enforcement, metro government rescinded the ban in 2005 — a highly popular move outside the Humane Society and Metro Animal Services. About Harrison: Until 1986, he had been the only Louisville mayor to succeed himself through the ballot box, winning a two-year special election in 1927 and a standard four-year election in 1929. The Republican's accomplishments included garnering funds for the Municipal (now Clark Memorial) Bridge and purchasing the acreage for Bowman Field and Seneca Park. — Jack Welch

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