Sarasota in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Just east of this marker was the Winter Quarters of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus, a favorite winter attraction for tourists. Occupying what was previously the County Fair Grounds, the show spread over many acres with its "Big Top", menageries, practice rings. workshops and railroad yards. The show was a spectacle of lights, sawdust rings and a music all its own. Here clowns, acrobats, and animal acts trained for the long summer months on the "road", performers from all over the world entertained children of all ages.
The Ringling Winter Quarters moved from Bridgeport, Conn in 1927. The circus helped to bring prosperity to a city then experiencing economic hard times. The circus trains leaving each year was an event looked forward to by all. The tragic fire at Hartford, Conn on July 6th 1944 brought the circus home early that year. Here the big blue tent known as the "Big top" unfurled its flags in 1951 when Cecil B DeMille produced his epic movie "The Greatest Show on Earth". Today, Sarasota is still the home of countless circus performers. The Winter Quarters moved from here to Venice, Florida in 1960.
Erected 1982 by Sarasota County Historical Commission.
Location. 27° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sarasota FL 34232, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Municipal Airport Lowe Field (within shouting distance of this marker); Oaklands/Woodlawn Cemetery (approx. 2.2 miles away); St. Martha Mission Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); Avondale (approx. 2.7 miles away); Seaboard Railway Depot (approx. 2.8 miles away); Methodist Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); City of Sarasota (approx. 2.9 miles away); John D. MacDonald 1916-1986/John D. and the Friday Liars (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 183 times since then. Last updated on February 13, 2017, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 27, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.