Marceline in Linn County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Walt Disney's “Barn Circus”
Walt Disney was the age of four when his family moved from Chicago to a forty-acre farm in Marceline. Walt quickly learned to love farm life, and the old barn became his and his younger sister Ruth's favorite place to play.
The barn provided Walt with his first show business experience when he produced a "barn circus" and charged the neighborhood kids a dime admission. When his audience discovered the circus consisted of a goat, a pig, and a family dog and cat dressed in Ruth's doll clothes, they protested. Hearing the commotion, Walt's mother Flora promptly ordered Walt to refund the admission with this admonition: 'If you deliver more than your audience expects - they will never be disappointed." It's a lesson Walt took to heart.
Location. 39° 43.953′ N, 92° 56.647′ W. Marker is in Marceline, Missouri, in Linn County. Touch for map. Marker is along the trail leading from the parking lot to The Happy Place replica, on the former Disney homestead, located off Broadway about 150 feet west of Missouri Avenue (Missouri Highway 5). Marker is in this post office area: Marceline MO 64658, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The "So Dear To My Heart" Barn (here, next to this marker); Walt Disney on Marceline The Happy Place (a few steps from this marker); The Dreaming Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Coming to Marceline (within shouting distance of this marker); Disney Home (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); World Wars Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Santa Fe 2546 (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marceline.
Also see . . .
1. Walt Disney Hometown Museum. (Submitted on July 29, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Just Disney. (Submitted on July 29, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Animals • Entertainment • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.