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The Ringling Bros. and Baraboo, Wisconsin Circus Heritage

 
 
The Ringling Bros. and Baraboo, Wisconsin Circus Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 17, 2011
1. The Ringling Bros. and Baraboo, Wisconsin Circus Heritage Marker
Inscription.
In Recognition of
The Ringling Bros. and Baraboo, Wisconsin Circus Heritage
presented by
Irvin Feld and Kenneth Feld Owners of the Greatest Show on Earth


This historical marker, commemorates the birthplace of the renowned Ringling Bros. Circus. It was in this city that the first tent was erected by the five Ringling Brothers -- Al, Otto, John, Charley and Alf T. -- on May 19, 1884.

In the beginning it was a tiny show, the brothers rented horses and wagons. They put up the tents, sold the tickets and performed in the show. In addition to the proud owners, there were 18 people on the company roster, but through their diligence, honesty and hard work, the circus eventually became a household word in America.

On this 100th anniversary date, the legendary successor to their tiny circus, now known as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows, still travels from sea to sea. The circus remains an entertainment experience cherished by young and old alike.

The 1984 Baraboo Ringling Circus Centennial Association has earned the gratitude of circus fans everywhere for sponsoring a fitting celebration of this important part of American entertainment heritage, as well as their memorializing of Baraboo citizens who have been associated with the circus
The Ringling Bros. and Baraboo, Wisconsin Circus Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 17, 2011
2. The Ringling Bros. and Baraboo, Wisconsin Circus Heritage Marker
over the years.

It is our honor to salute the Ringling Bros. and the people of Baraboo on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the circus, and it is our privilege to carry on the great tradition for wholesome family entertainment that was born here.

Irvin Feld and Kenneth Feld Baraboo, Wisconsin May 19, 1984

 
Erected 1984 by Irvin Feld and Kenneth Feld.
 
Location. 43° 28.248′ N, 89° 44.579′ W. Marker is in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in Sauk County. Marker is on 4th Avenue west of Oak Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Sauk County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 Oak Street, Baraboo WI 53913, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Sauk County Civil War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Baraboo River (approx. mile away); Thompson House Hotel (approx. mile away); The Ringling Brothers of Baraboo (approx. half a mile away); Indian Mounds and Village (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ringling Brothers Circus (approx. 2 miles away); Warner Memorial Road (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baraboo.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Circus World. Wisconsin Historical Society. "The buildings, standing along the north bank of the Baraboo River, date from 1897 through 1918 and are the largest surviving group of original circus structures in North America... The entire area has been declared a National Historic Landmark Site." (Submitted on May 20, 2011.) 

2. Ringling Brothers Circus. Wikipedia entry. "What distinguished the Ringling Brothers Circus from others was its honest and fair attitude toward the public... This reputation for clean dealing and good value brought them success, and soon they were able to make the leap into the ranks of railroad circuses." (Submitted on May 20, 2011.) 

3. Ringling Bros. Circus. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows website. (Submitted on May 20, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 687 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 20, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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