While we’re on the much maligned N. Aurora Ave (even a Yeti comes armed?), I’d like to express my belated thanks to the owner of Aurora Rents who did the right thing and preserved this priceless pachyderm. I’m sure I’m not the only one who enjoys its presence. And this article on the recent renovation from the Seattle Times, says as much and also provides a good overview of the elephant’s history. And more information is available here at Northwest Hub. Apparently it started out life in Fremont before moving to its current location in 1946.
The elephant was restored and returned to his rightful location in November 2009. The following pictures of the most recent move are from Ben K. at Aurora Seattle. And as you can see from these photos (11/09 and 12/10), the sun always shines on Aurora.
And below is a photo from an earlier move. The Seattle Times reported in 1996 that this photo shows:
This local landmark, an 1,800-pound elephant, is lifted from the roof of an Aurora Avenue florist in 1964, to be moved to the shop’s new building next door.