The Grant Park Zoo was established in 1889 from the remnants of a traveling
circus that had run afoul of its unpaid employees. "Popcorn George" Hall sold his menagerie to a local lumber merchant, George Gress. The
animals became the centerpiece of the zoo in a 131-acre park donated to the city
by developer Lemuel P. Grant in 1883. Gress later purchased The Battle of
Atlanta, now housed in The Cyclorama next to the zoo.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Evansville's Ties To ZooAtlanta