“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Sarasota in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Ward Hall

Circus Ring of Fame

Ward Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, February 27, 2020
1. Ward Hall Marker

Lured by the siren call of the circus, he joined Dailey Bros. at age 15, thereby embarking on a notable six-decade career in which he has enthralled, mystified, educated and seduced millions of circus- and fair-goers who were drawn to his bally platform. As a side show talker, lecturer and owner he and his sideshows have appeared on scores of circuses, at hundreds of state, county and town fairs and prompted the Smithsonian Institution to honor him for preserving “a truly indigenous American art form.”
Fred D. Pfening III · C.M. Christ · Jimmy L. Long · Norbert “Pete” Terhune · Paul & Diane Gutheil · Billy & Pat Burr

Erected 2011 by Fred D. Pfening III, C.M. Christ, Jimmy L. Long, Norbert “Pete” Terhune, Paul and Diane Gutheil, Billy and Pat Burr and the Circus Ring of Fame Foundation, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce.
Location. 27° 19.104′ N, 82° 34.602′ 
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W. Marker is in Sarasota, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is at the intersection of St Armands Circle and John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle. Marker is located on the east area of the circle. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 St Armands Circle, Sarasota FL 34236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tony Steele (here, next to this marker); The Three Atayde Brothers (here, next to this marker); Jean “Tarzan” Zerbini (here, next to this marker); Count Nicholas (here, next to this marker); Rudi and Sue Lenz (here, next to this marker); Jumbo (here, next to this marker); Manuel “Junior” Ruffin (here, next to this marker); Hamid Family (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
Regarding Ward Hall. The Circus “Ring of Fame” recognizes those persons who made a significant contribution to the art and culture of the circus. With dozens of inductees from around the world, the Ring of Fame began in 1986 as a way to honor world famous circus performers and the rich circus heritage of the Sarasota, Florida area.
Ward Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, February 27, 2020
2. Ward Hall Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 1, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 1, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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