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Don Wilmeth on:
the traveling circus

Don Wilmeth Traveling circuses in the 1880’s frequently were the only entertainment with the possibility of a traveling medicine show. Medicine shows tended to play smaller towns, circuses, although in the 1880’s-90’s there were hundreds of them crisscrossing the country. A lot of towns of, say, 10,000 or larger had opera houses, so they did have other venues. But nothing was any more exciting than the circus coming to town. The town would literally close down. It was an essential part of the year’s excitement.

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