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Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Circus Comes to Town

 

—The Museum in the Streets —

 
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By James True, May 29, 2012
1. The Circus Comes to Town Marker
Inscription. Circuses and Caravans of wild animals appeared in Belfast as early as 1816. In 1885, Barnum's "Greatest Show on Earth," featuring 16 elephants including Jumbo, pitched its tent on Congress Street where over 8,000 people enjoyed the spectacle, despite ankle-deep mud. Six locomotives pulled the circus train into the station where it was met with fanfare. In recent history, when the circus came to town, it was not unusual to see elephants strolling through downtown on their way to a refreshing dip at the town landing. James Cook, a fugitive slave, arrived in Belfast in 1820, and for many years worked as a barber offering haircutting, shaving and dyeing services. In 1847 he built the double-fronted brick store, shown here with circus animals passing in front (c. 1900).
 
Erected 2004 by The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Location. 44° 25.605′ N, 69° 0.372′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Washington Street, on the left on Main Street. Click for map. The marker faces the sidewalk on Main Street. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast ME 04915, United States of America.
 
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By James True, September 1, 2012
2. The Circus Comes to Town Marker
least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Main and High (within shouting distance of this marker); The Windsor Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Making a Living (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Silver Screen (about 500 feet away); Belfast City Hall (about 500 feet away); The Opera House (about 600 feet away); Post Office Square (about 600 feet away); Downtown Main Street (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Belfast.
 
More about this marker. Marker #2 (of 30) in "The Museum in the Streets". The text on the Marker is in English, followed by a French translation.
 
Categories. AnimalsEntertainment
 
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By James True, May 29, 2012
3. The Circus Comes to Town Marker
The buildings that can be seen in the photo on the marker as they appear today.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 345 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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