Museum is located in Baraboo, Wisconsin, because Baraboo
was home to the Ringling Brothers. It was from Baraboo
in 1884 that the Ringling Brothers Circus began their
first tour as a circus. Over six seasons, the circus
expanded from a wagon show to a railroad show with 225
employees, touring cities across the United States each
summer. Baraboo remained the circus's headquarters and
wintering grounds until 1918, when the Ringling Brothers
Circus combined with the Barnum and Bailey Circus, which
the Ringling Brothers had bought out in 1908. The
combined entity, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
Circus, was very successful, and is the largest
surviving circus company in the United States.
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