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Delavan in Walworth County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Birthplace of “The Greatest Show on Earth”

 
 
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By Paul F, February 18, 2011
1. Birthplace of “The Greatest Show on Earth” Marker
South side of two sided marker
Inscription. At this site, March 20, 1871, the first P.T. Barnum Circus was loaded on rail cars and transported to Brooklyn, NY where it made its initial performance on April 10, 1871. The circus was conceived and organized in Delavan by William C. Coup and Dan Costello. Using various titles for several years, it eventually became known as “The Greatest Show on Earth.” In 1888, James A. Bailey became Barnumís sole partner and the circusí title was changed to Barnum and Bailey. Following the deaths of Barnum in 1891 and Bailey in 1906, their circus was sold to the Ringling brothers of Baraboo in 1907. It was operated as a separate circus until combined with Ringling Brothers in 1919. On September 6, 1970, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus returned to this site to commemorate the 100th year of its founding.
 
Erected 2000 by Wisconsin State Historical Society. (Marker Number 440.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 37.818′ N, 88° 38.335′ W. Marker is in Delavan, Wisconsin, in Walworth County. Marker is at the intersection of South Seventh Street and Wisconsin Avenue, on the right when traveling south on South
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By Paul F, February 18, 2011
2. Birthplace of “The Greatest Show on Earth” Marker
North side of two sided marker
Seventh Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in the parking lot on the west side of Seventh Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 218 South Seventh Street, Delavan WI 53115, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Delavanís Historic Brick Street (approx. half a mile away); Delavan's Circus Colony (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wisconsin's First School for the Deaf (approx. 0.9 miles away); John Bruce (approx. 4.2 miles away); Darien Civil War Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away); The 755th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Webster House (approx. 5.6 miles away); Allen Family (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delavan.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of Wisconsin circus markers.
 
Additional keywords. Circus
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
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By Paul F, February 18, 2011
3. Birthplace of “The Greatest Show on Earth” Marker
Marker is in the parking lot. Railroad tracks run along the left hand (south side) of the parking lot.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 525 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 23, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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