Lallah Rookh (Juliet, Jenny Lind) at Dan Rice Circus

† Lallah Rookh (Juliet, Jenny Lind)
ID Number:
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀, unknown maybe about years old (estimated age)
Dead date: 1860-09-11
Death reason: disease: pneumonia?
Location:Dan Rice Circus
ArrivedDan Rice Circus 1853-00-00 from Seth B. Howes
Seth B. Howes
from Franconies Hippodrome
Franconies Hippodrome 1848-00-00
from Sands, Lent and Co American Circus
Born: unknown
Document updated2010-04-26: prev. locations, litterature
2012-01-11: purchase from Seth B Howes
Lallah Rookh, (? - Sept. 11, 1860), was a female Asian elephant in Dan Rices circus. Lallah Rookh was known for her tightrope walking act.
Lallah started her circus career in Franconis Hippodrome under the name Jenny Lind, which she kept from 1848 to 1851. In 1851, she was renamed Juliet and paired with another elephant, Romeo.

Lallah worked with the animal trainer Charles Noyes who, in 1853, left Franconis with Lallah and a white camel to join with Rices circus in Columbus, Ohio.


Dan Rice tells in his book how he bought the elephant from Seth B. Howes:

During this time he was figuring on a circus of his own in New York, and two years before he separated from Barnum, which was in 1855, he opened the Franconies Hippodrome, which was on the site of the Fifth Avenue Hotel. In 1854 I paid him $5,000 for the elephant ' Lalla Rookh,' and went to Boston with his partner, Cushing. 'Lalla Rookh ' was a wonderful elephant, the most wonderful that ever lived. She used to perform on the tight-rope. Poor thing; she went bathing in the river in Indiana on a Sunday, took cold and died.

Dan Rice


Rice renamed her Lallah Rookh after the popular poem by Thomas Moore and she began performing in the show two days after they arrived. Lallah was the first elephant in the United States to perform a head stand consistently. Her most famous feat was her tightrope walking act. Lallah walked on a specially made rope, six inches in diameter and twenty feet long, which hung four feet off of the ground between two pairs of crossed beams. Midway through her walk, Lallah would stop and raise her foreleg and Dan Rice would give her an American flag to hold in her trunk as she continued the rest of the way.

In August 1860, Rice had Lallah Rookh swim across the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio to drum up publicity for his new "Monster Show." It took her 45 minutes to swim across the river. A month later, Lallah died of a fever brought about by her swim

Records about Lallah Rookh (Juliet, Jenny Lind) from Bob Cline
Female Asian 1848 to 1849 - Sands, Lent & Co.s Hippoferean Arena ( Jenny Lind ) ( Stuart Thayers Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, pages 449 and 450 )


1852 - R. Sands & Co. and G.C. Quick & Co. Circus and Menagerie ( Juliet ) ( Stuart Thayers Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, pages 497 - 498 )
1853 Dan Rice buys elephant Lalla Rookh from Seth B. Howes for $5,000. ( Lalla Rookh )
1853 - Dan Rices Great Hippodrome and Menagerie ( Lalla Rookh ) ( Stuart Thayers Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, page 487 )
1854 - Dan Rices Hippodrome ( Lalla Rookh ) ( Stuart Thayers Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, page 488 )
1855 - Dan Rices Great Show ( Lalla Rookh ) ( Stuart Thayers Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, page 488 )
1855 - Cresent City Circus ( Lalla Rookh ) ( Stuart Thayers Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, page 528 )
1856 to 1857 - Dan Rices Great Show ( Lalla Rookh ) ( Stuart Thayers Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, pages 542 and 544 )
1858 - No mention of her.
1858 to 1860 - Dan Rices Great Show ( Lalla Rookh ) ( Stuart Thayers Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, pages 545 and 547 )
Died - Sept. 1860 " called Jenny in her private life " ( Lalla Rookh ) ( New York Daily Tribune, Sept. 17, 1860, page 6 )

Sources, among others

  • http://www.circusinamerica.org/public/timelines?date1=1825&date2=1871
  • Bob Cline, Cheraw, South Carolina, United States.
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lallah_Rookh
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/lifeofdanrice00browrich#page/182/mode/2up/search/elephant
  • page .165-166, 192, 294, Dan Rice, by David Carlyon.
  • pages 449 and 450, Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, by Stuart Thayers

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