Near Baraboo in Sauk County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ringling Brothers Circus
Inscription. “The Greatest Show on Earth” was born and grew to maturity in Baraboo, just north of here. When the five Ringling brothers gave the first performance of their "Great Double Shows, Circus and Caravan," May 19, 1884, the main tent was 45 by 90 feet. There was no band wagon, no menagerie. The menagerie was started in 1886, with a hyena advertised as the “Hideous Hyena Striata Gigantium, the Mammoth, Midnight Marauding, Man-Eating Monstrosity.” After traveling in horse-drawn wagons for six seasons, the circus became the “Ringling Bros. United Monster Railroad Shows.” Until 1918 the circus wintered in Baraboo, where many of the winter-quarters still stand. From humble beginnings, a little hallroom show became the mightiest and most spectacular organization in the entertainment world.
By Jay Taylor, April 8, 2007
1. Ringling Brothers Circus Marker
Erected 1956 by Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 42.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 26.932′ N, 89° 46.104′ W. Marker is near Baraboo, Wisconsin, in Sauk County. Marker is on U.S. 12, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. On Highway 12 1.5 miles South of Baraboo,
WI. Marker is in this post office area: Baraboo WI 53913, United States of America.
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
2. Ringling Brothers Circus Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Baraboo River (approx. 1.8 miles away); Thompson House Hotel (approx. 1.9 miles away); Sauk County Civil War Monument (approx. 2 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); The Ringling Bros. and Baraboo, Wisconsin Circus Heritage (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baraboo.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of Wisconsin circus markers.
Also see . . . Ringling Brothers Circus. (Submitted on April 8, 2007, by Jay Taylor of Mendota Heights, Minnesota.)
Additional keywords. Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey.
Categories. • Animals • Entertainment • Notable Persons •
By Keith L, July 27, 2007
3. Circus World Museum
Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin is designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior and is located at the site of the original Ringling Bros. Circus winter quarters.
By Keith L, July 27, 2007
4. Circus Grounds (Baraboo River)
Circus World Museum collects, preserves and interprets archival material and artifacts relating to the history of the American circus. In addition to the circus museum, it maintains and operates a circus library and research center...including the presentation of live circus performances during the summer season. The summer season includes a full range of family entertainment, including Big Top performances, stage shows, circus music demonstrations, train loading shows, clowns, elephant rides, and educational animal training demonstrations.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2007, by Jay Taylor of Mendota Heights, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 3,091 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 8, 2007, by Jay Taylor of Mendota Heights, Minnesota. 2. submitted on May 7, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 3, 4. submitted on July 28, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.