The first public performance by the Ringling Brothers, and Billy Rainbow the Hippocapra, took place in McGregor, Iowa.  Baraboo, and the partnership with Barnum and Bailey, came later.  "By Alf T.’s estimates, over 100 McGregorites enjoyed the circus, which included tumbling acts by all the brothers, trapeze and ring performances, and juggling by Al, who broke a number of plates, much to the delight of the crowd."  It's always better with elephants, but as long as there are jugglers and aerialists there will be circus.

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