Marker 42: Ringling Brothers Circus

Photographed October 7, 2014
Erected 1956 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Barbaroo, Sauk County, Wisconsin
43° 26.932′ N, 89° 46.104′ W
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“The Greatest Show on Earth” was born and grew to maturity in Baraboo, just north of here. When the five Ringling brothers gave the first performance of their "Great Double Shows, Circus and Caravan," May 19, 1884, the main tent was 45 by 90 feet. There was no band wagon, no menagerie. The menagerie was started in 1886, with a hyena advertised as the “Hideous Hyena Striata Gigantium, the Mammoth, Midnight Marauding, Man-Eating Monstrosity.” After traveling in horse-drawn wagons for six seasons, the circus became the “Ringling Bros. United Monster Railroad Shows.” Until 1918 the circus wintered in Baraboo, where many of the winter-quarters still stand. From humble beginnings, a little hallroom show became the mightiest and most spectacular organization in the entertainment world.
The marker is located at wayside on northbound U.S. 12, between Mine Road (to the north) and South Gasser Road (to the south), Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913.

This applies to U.S. works where the copyright has expired,
often because its first publication occurred prior to January 1, 1923. 

 View from across the road -- just gorgeous in fall!

 This Baraboo Area welcome sign is also at this location.

Signage leading to marker location.

Photographed June 29, 2012
One of my first markers photographed, and what set me on this journey . . .

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