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James A. Bailey

 
 
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By Pat Filippone, September 25, 2015
1. James A. Bailey Marker
Inscription. Circus entrepreneur James A. McGinnis was born near this site on July 4, 1847. At fourteen he joined a circus and adopted the name "Bailey". Developing a striking talent for advertising and management, he bought the Cooper & Bailey Shows which toured, under canvas, the world over. Further success came with Bailey's 1880 purchase of "Little America", the first elephant born in this country. The native Detroiter joined forces with celebrated showman Phineas T. Barnum in 1881. Overshadowed by his more flamboyant partner, Bailey guided the circus to many triumphs. Unlike Barnum who asserted, "The public likes to be humbugged,"Bailey said, "Give the people the best...and they'll reward you". Barnum died in 1891, and Bailey ran the mammoth three-ring show until his death in 1906. The circus was then sold to Ringling Brothers which lives on as Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey.
 
Erected 1978 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number 504.)
 
Location. 42° 19.69′ N, 83° 2.927′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Washington Blvd. just north of Larned Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the wall of Cobo Arena. Marker is in this post office area: Detroit MI 48226, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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By Pat Filippone, September 25, 2015
2. James A. Bailey Marker
Cobo Arena
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Pontchartrain (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); State Savings Bank (about 500 feet away); Comerica Incorporated (about 600 feet away); Fort Lernoult (about 600 feet away); Ford Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans' Memorial Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stearns Telephone (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spirit of Detroit (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
 
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2015, by Pat Filippone of Stockton, California. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 26, 2015, by Pat Filippone of Stockton, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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