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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Circus comes to Casper Road: Cleveland Remembers


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The Barnum & Bailey Circus unloads in Cleveland, in 1937.

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January 11, 2012

Every year, when I was growing up, a small circus would would set up on a large lot near Casper Road on the east side of Cleveland. It would only be there for less than a week.
It was a magnet for all the neighborhood children. We never had any money to go to the sideshow to view the Fat Lady/Bearded Lady, ride on the rides, or see the tent show, but we would spend hours wandering around the outside of all the attractions. Our mothers always warned us to be careful so that we wouldn’t be stolen by the carnies.
-- Eleanor Burrow, Mentor
Editor's note: We couldn't track down the circus mentioned here. Most of the big circuses set up shop along the lakefront, although we did find one mention of a major one making a one-night stand right around where Collinwood High stands now. However, lots of smaller circuses also made the circuit in the first half of the last century, stopping in various spots around town as well as in the surrounding suburbs.
If you've got memories of circuses, big or small, anywhere in Northeast Ohio, please share them through our online submission form.read more at:http://www.cleveland.com/remembers/index.ssf/2012/01/circus_comes_to_casper_avenue.html

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