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Wednesday, April 02, 2008 

Warren, Arkansas. 45 miles. Hard lot, fairgrounds. Some grass. Cold, dark skies.

Looking back at 200 years of circuses and menageries traveling the American roads there are places that conjure up an image of circus with little more than a mention of the name. Barbaoo, or Peru, Indiana, Sarasota. If Arkansas was never the home to the great rail shows, still it was a place where the great shows transacted business, especially in the resort city of Hot Springs where General Agents and circus owners liked to take their rest. More than a few important deals were brokered in the Spas and in the gaming rooms. Seasons planned and routes laid out, agents decamping to book the towns and cities.

For the originally Kelly Miller Circus, before there was Hugo, Oklahoma, winterquarters was Mena, Arkansas. All through the war years the show and its growing herd of elephants called Arkansas home.

Culpepper & Merriweather’s Great Circus plays two performances today, Shows in Warren at 5:00PM and 7:30PM

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