THE SHOWMEN'S REST
I was heading north last week and my
route took me through Hugo, Oklahoma also known as Circus City,
USA. It’s the winter headquarters for Kelly-Miller
and Carson and Barnes
I knew the Mt. Olivet Cemetery was
located in Hugo and had a section devoted to showmen…The Showmen’s
Rest. I got off the inter-state and
headed into town. After making
a couple inquires, I easily located 8th street
and headed to the cemetery.
It was a cool fall day perfect for exploring the
One of the first monuments you come
to is Big John Strong’s
“Tall grass Showman”. You can’t miss
it as it’s about nine feet tall.
On the back of the stone it
says…”The man with more friends than Santa Claus”.
I took a few photos as I walked
around the grounds.
The Miller’s have a large section.
I also saw William Woodcock, the
elephant trainer‘s, stone.
His son Buckles already has his and
his wife Barbara’s stone in place for when they need it.
They have their famous elephant Anna
May pictured on the front of the black monument.
One stone was inscribed…”Nothings
left but empty popcorn sacks and wagon tracks…the circus is gone”.
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