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Venice in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Gunther Gebel-Williams

 
 
Gunther Gebel-Williams Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, January 19, 2008
1. Gunther Gebel-Williams Marker
Inscription. Gunther Gebel-Williams changed the face of the American circus forever, and is universally known as The Greatest Wild Animal Trainer of All Time. From Circus Williams in Germany to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Gunther demonstrated to all that humans and animals should work, live and thrive together in harmony. The circus star made his United States debut Jan. 6, 1969 at the circus' winter quarters in Venice, FL., eventually setting a not-to-be-broken circus record of entertaining more than 200 million people during more than 12,000 consecutive performances. He was inducted into the Circus Hall of Fame in 1999 and was honored throughout the world. Gunther was the favorite son if his adopted hometown of Venice. He became an important part of the community, residing here with his family from 1969 until his death in 2001.
 
Location. 27° 6.087′ N, 82° 26.414′ W. Marker is in Venice, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker can be reached from North Seaboard Avenue. Click for map. Located at the Rollins W. Coakley Railroad Park. Marker is in this post office area: Venice FL 34285, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Venice Railroad and Depot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fred Albee Municipal Airport
The marker and statue image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, January 19, 2008
2. The marker and statue
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonel George Kumpe Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Johnson-Schoolcraft Building 1926 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kentucky Military Institute (approx. 0.4 miles away); San Marco Hotel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ennes Arcade and Hotel Valencia 1926 (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Hotel Venice (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Venice.
 
Also see . . .  A Legend In His Own Time. Gebel-Williams' career highlights. (Submitted on January 21, 2008.) 
 
Categories. EntertainmentNotable Persons
 
The statue image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, January 19, 2008
3. The statue
The Park image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, January 19, 2008
4. The Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,201 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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