Under the Big Top in 1898

Who doesn’t love a circus?  When my great great uncle Jimmy McIndoo joined it for the 1898 season as the giant “Boy Wonder,” the Forepaugh Sells Circus rivaled the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey for the title “Greatest Show On Earth,” traveling by rail with hundreds of performers and roustabouts to cities all across the country.  Watch the raising of the big top, the parade of elephants and circus wagons, the trapeze artists, the trained sea lions, the strong lady, and the poster wars of the circus advance teams.  See the side show with its giants, midgets, and other amazing sights, hear stories of the high diver’s tragedy and the tent blowdown at Sioux City, and go behind the scenes for a glimpse of everyday life with the circus family.

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