One day in 1940, a little brown dog pranced into a Beach Street cab company, and history was made. The cabbies built him a little dog house and “Brownie,” as they called him, lived there the rest of his days. He’d sleep in the house at night, and wander around Beach Street during the day, to the delight of locals and tourists alike. In no time at all he became a minor local celebrity, and donations flooded in from all over the country to help cover his costs. Before long there was so much money coming in, a bank account had to be set up for him at the Florida Bank and Trust.
When Brownie died in 1954 he was buried in Riverfront Park with more than 70 people in attendance. Even the mayor attended – he delivered the eulogy. On Brownie’s grave stone is an etching of him with the words “THE TOWN DOG” and A GOOD DOG” below. The stone was lost to overgrowth over the years and all but forgotten, but when the park was undergoing renovations in the early 1990s it was uncovered and a small topiary in the shape of a dog was planted next to it. Brownie still tugs at the heartstrings of the local community – in 2007 there was even a Brownie Festival, complete with a Brownie look-alike contest.
Of course, not everyone thinks Brownie is truly gone – a few folks claim they’ve seen and felt Brownie’s presence in the area near his grave site.
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- Orange Ave
Daytona Beach, FL
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- 29.208930630204552, -81.01710900664335
- Volusia County, Florida
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