Ringling Brothers Circus

Ringling Brothers Circus (HM5YE)

Location: Baraboo, WI 53913 Sauk County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 26.932', W 89° 46.104'

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"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.
HM NumberHM5YE
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series, and the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series.
Marker Number42
Year Placed1956
Placed ByWisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 12:19am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 275996 N 4814385
Decimal Degrees43.44886667, -89.76840000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 26.932', W 89° 46.104'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 26' 55.92" N, 89° 46' 6.24" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 245 US-12, Baraboo WI 53913, US
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