Unearthing History with Style: Introducing Abstract Denver’s "Roger The Great" T-Shirt

Unearthing History with Style: Introducing Abstract Denver’s "Roger The Great" T-Shirt

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The Legend of Roger the Elephant

If you ever find yourself wandering the streets of Edgewater and strike up a conversation about local history, the name Roger might pop up. Roger wasn't just any elephant; he was a star attraction at Denver's Manhattan Beach, which lay just across Sheridan Boulevard. His story, albeit tragic, is a significant part of the area's heritage.

In July 1891, Roger became the central figure in a devastating incident that left an indelible mark on the community. On that fateful summer day, the elephant, spooked by a nearby balloon ascension, went into a panic. Amid the chaos, six-year-old George W. Eaton fell from Roger's back and was tragically trampled to death. The horrifying scene was witnessed by hundreds, including George's family, forever altering their lives and the narrative of Roger's existence.

Despite the calls for retribution, Roger's life did not end immediately after the incident. Reports from 9News journalists Brandon Rittiman and Anna Staver reveal that Roger continued to live at Manhattan Beach for some time after the tragedy. Contrary to local lore suggesting Roger was buried in Edgewater’s swampland, it appears he was likely sold to another zoo, his identity obscured by a new name. Though that doesn’t stop us from thinking there’s still a chance Roger is buried under the Edgewater Market parking lot.

The T-Shirt: A Tribute to a Storied Past

Abstract Denver’s "Roger The Great" t-shirt is more than just a piece of clothing; it’s a storytelling medium. Crafted with the finest materials, this shirt blends comfort with a narrative, allowing you to wear a piece of history. The design features a stylized illustration of Roger, capturing his majestic yet somber presence, reminding us of the complex and multifaceted nature of historical events and the characters within.

Each element of the t-shirt's design is thoughtfully curated. The vintage typeface and muted color palette echo the late 19th century, a nod to the era when Roger roamed the grounds of Manhattan Beach. The shirt’s fabric, soft yet durable, ensures it will be a lasting addition to your wardrobe, much like Roger's story has endured in the collective memory of Edgewater residents.

Wearing History with Pride

By donning the "Roger The Great" t-shirt, you’re not just making a fashion statement; you’re engaging with a piece of local history. This shirt serves as a conversation starter, a way to keep the story of Roger the Elephant alive and share it with others. It invites questions, piques curiosity, and fosters a deeper connection to the past.

Abstract Denver has always been about more than just fashion. It’s about community, history, and identity. The "Roger The Great" t-shirt encapsulates these values perfectly, making it a must-have for history enthusiasts, locals, and anyone who appreciates a good story. 


In a world where fast fashion often overlooks the significance of storytelling, Abstract Denver’s "Roger The Great" t-shirt stands out. It’s a garment that carries weight, not just in its material but in its meaning. As you wear it, remember the story of Roger the Elephant—a tale of tragedy, resilience, and enduring legacy. Embrace the past, wear it proudly, and let Roger’s story continue to be told.

Get your "Roger The Great" t-shirt today and become a part of Edgewater’s living history.

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