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Near Poynette in Columbia County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Circus

 
 
The Circus Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 17, 2011
1. The Circus Marker
Inscription. Wisconsin has a unique heritage as the birthplace of circuses. More than a hundred had their beginnings in Wisconsin, with Delavan providing winter-quarters for twenty-six between 1847 and 1894. New York brothers Edmund and Jeremiah Mabie brought their United States Olympic Circus to Delavan in 1847, and the idea for P.T. Barnum's Asiatic Caravan was developed in Delavan by William Cameron Coup in 1871.

In Baraboo the Ringling Brothers' World Greatest Shows began in 1884, followed by the five Gollmar Brothers' Circus in 1891. Each of the communities on the map was the home of at least one circus. Today, thousands of items recalling the exciting and colorful history of the circus are preserved in a vast complex 15 miles from here, at Baraboo's Circus World Museum, opened by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin in 1959.
 
Erected 1971 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 178.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 25.535′ N, 89° 28.635′ W. Marker is near Poynette, Wisconsin, in Columbia County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 90-94 2.5 miles west of County Highway CS, on the right when traveling
The Circus Marker - map detail image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., August 5, 2015
2. The Circus Marker - map detail
west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Poynette WI 53955, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans of the American Revolution Memorial Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Highway (about 300 feet away); Rest Areas on the I-Roads (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wallis Rowan and His Cabin (approx. 4.5 miles away); John Muir View (approx. 5.2 miles away); St. Mary's of the Pines (approx. 5.9 miles away); Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet (approx. 7.7 miles away); Pierre Pauquette Ferry (approx. 7.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Poynette.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of Wisconsin circus markers.
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
The Circus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 22, 2012
3. The Circus Marker
The Circus Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 17, 2011
4. The Circus Marker
The marker is in the lower right of this photo, with the Interstate rest stop building in the background.
The Circus Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 17, 2011
5. The Circus Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 641 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4, 5. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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