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Ringling Bros. Circus

 

Ringling Bros. Circus

Please Note; This page is about the Ringling Bros. Circus 1884 - 1919.
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The seven Ringling Brothers, Albert, August Gustav, Otto, Alfred Theodore, Charles Edward, John Nicholas and Henry and one sister Ida Loraina (mother of John Ringling North) were born in McGregor, Iowa and raised in Baraboo, Wisconsin (now home of the Circus World Museum). The brothers mother and father were Heinrich Friedrich August Ringling of Germany and Marie Salome Juliar of France.

Five of the seven brothers, Charles, Albert, Otto, Alfred, and John formed the "Classic and Comic Concert Co.", a song and dance troupe. The quintet began adding novelty acts and on May 19, 1884 in Baraboo, Wisconsin, they opened their first small circus. The circus toured the Midwest United States and grew slowly. In 1888 the Ringlings purchased their first elephant, a creature that most Midwesterners had not seen in the late 1800s. After the Purchase of the elephant the circus began to thrive.

In 1890 the circus changed from a horse drawn wagons to railroad cars, thus extending their route and lengthening there tour. By 1900 the circus had become a strong competitor of the larger and more well known "Barnum and Bailey Circus". In 1906 the Ringlings puechased the "Forepaugh-Sells Circus" and after James Anthony Bailey's death they bought the "Barnum and Bailey Circus". The brothers operated the circuses separtly until 1919 when the combined The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

In 1929 John Nicholas Ringling, the last surviving brother purchased the American Circus Corporation, of Peru IN. The purchase included five large circuses the Sells-Floto Circus, Al G. Barnes Circus, Sparks Circus, Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, and John Robinson Circus.

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Books About The Ringlings

Three Ringlings in Montana by Lee RostadClick to enlarge

Three Ringlings in Montana
by Lee Rostad

 

Ringling, The Last LaughClick to enlarge

Ringling, The Last Laugh: This is the real story of the Ringling Brothers as told by John Ringling, the last surviving brother, in 1936
by Michael Lancaster

 

Ringling: The Florida Years, by David C. WeeksClick to enlarge

Ringling: The Florida Years
by David C. Weeks

 

Ringlingville USA by Jrerry AppsClick to enlarge


Ringlingville USA: The Stupendous Story of Seven Siblings and Their Stunning Circus Succes
by Jerry Apps
             

 

 

Big Top Boss: John Ringling North and the Circus by David HammarstromClick to enlarge

Big Top Boss: John Ringling North and the Circus
by David Hammarstrom

 

The Circus Kings: Our Ringling Family Story by Henry Ringling NorthClick to enlarge

The Circus Kings: Our Ringling Family Story
by Henry Ringling North

 

 


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Ringling Brothers Biography   Ringlings Bros Kings of the Circus   The Greatest Show on Earth
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