The Circus Comes to Town

The Circus Comes to Town (HM14C6)

Location: Belfast, ME 04915 Waldo County
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N 44° 25.605', W 69° 0.372'

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— The Museum in the Streets —

Circuses and Caravans of wild animals appeared in Belfast as early as 1816. In 1885, Barnum's "Greatest Show on Earth," featuring 16 elephants including Jumbo, pitched its tent on Congress Street where over 8,000 people enjoyed the spectacle, despite ankle-deep mud. Six locomotives pulled the circus train into the station where it was met with fanfare. In recent history, when the circus came to town, it was not unusual to see elephants strolling through downtown on their way to a refreshing dip at the town landing. James Cook, a fugitive slave, arrived in Belfast in 1820, and for many years worked as a barber offering haircutting, shaving and dyeing services. In 1847 he built the double-fronted brick store, shown here with circus animals passing in front (c. 1900).
HM NumberHM14C6
Marker Number2
Year Placed2004
Placed ByThe Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 3:20pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 499506 N 4919272
Decimal Degrees44.42675000, -69.00620000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 25.605', W 69° 0.372'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 25' 36.30" N, 69° 0' 22.32" W
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Area Code(s)207
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 56 Main St, Belfast ME 04915, US
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