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Salvaging the circus: Unique artifacts saved from historic Peru circus barns before demolition
Salvaging the circus: Unique artifacts saved from historic Peru circus barns before demolition

PERU — No one knows why exactly the circus elephant named Big Charley killed his trainer. But there's no mystery on how he killed him.....


Today, the rock on which the trainer was dashed has become a piece of local circus lore. A memorial plaque was placed on it commemorating the trainer who was killed.


For decades, it sat half submerged in mud near U.S. 31 at the former site of the Terrell Jacobs Circus Winter Quarters just north of Grissom Air Reserve Base. But in March, that boulder was transported 20 miles to the International Circus Hall of Fame, which is located right where the incident happened 120 years ago. And that’s where it’s going to stay.


John Wright, board president of the hall of fame, said their museum is the perfect place to house the items, considering they’re located at the site that was once the winter quarters for some of the most famous circuses in the world.

“We’re all about preserving circus history here, so we’re lucky we could salvage these artifacts,” he said.
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