TIL about the Elephantine Colossus: A 200-foot-tall elephant-shaped hotel that was built on Coney Island in 1885, that housed a concert hall, museum, observatory, and more. It later became a brothel but burnt down on 27th September 1896 following a mysterious incident.

Read more: https://somethingcurated.com/2021/09/27/what-happened-to-coney-islands-ultimate-monument-of-kitsch-the-elephant-hotel/

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  1. Was it insured? If it was, I’m calling the “mysterious incident” insurance fraud, as so many mysterious incidents seem to maybe kind of definitely be.

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