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Old Rip the Toad
Birth: unknown, USA
Death: 1929
Eastland
Eastland County
Texas, USA

"Old Rip" was the inspiration for the WB network's "Michigan J. Frog." In 1897, Old Rip was put inside the cornerstone of Eastland Courthouse. The courthouse was torn down in 1928 so they could build a new one. When the cornerstone was opened, people realized that Old Rip was still alive. Old Rip was taken to meet President Coolidge and became a nationally known toad. Eleven months after Old Rip was taken out of the cornerstone, he died. He was embalmed, put in a miniature coffin, and put on display inside the new courthouse. In 1973, Old Rip was stolen from the courthouse, but later recovered at the county fairgrounds, although some people don't believe it's the same toad. However, the recovered toad was taken back to the courthouse and put on display. (bio by: Heather from VA) 
 
Burial:
Eastland Courthouse
Eastland
Eastland County
Texas, USA
Plot: In a display case inside the courthouse
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Heather from VA
Record added: Jul 10, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7673902
Old Rip the Toad
Added by: Heather from VA
 
Old Rip the Toad
Added by: Anthony S
 
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A much better place for a Toad to live in happiness. How sad a story of your life. To some you are just a Toad. To me and others you are one of God's creatures and should be handled with love and kindness. Breaks my heart!
- Little_Storm
 Added: Mar. 4, 2015
Poor Old Rip - so mistreated and misnamed by humans. May Old Rip, the horned lizard, R.I.P. And may humans realize the importance of preserving these creatures, alive, by preserving their native habitat and treating them kindly.
-Anonymous
 Added: Feb. 23, 2015

- DENA ANN
 Added: Feb. 13, 2015
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