Historic Ringlingville Tour
In the late 19th and early 20th century, the Ringling show returned to Baraboo after finishing their tour to repair and repaint equipment. The Ringlings spent the winter designing and fabricating new props and wardrobe, hiring new and returning performers, planning the route the circus would travel, and laying out their new advertising campaign. They also cared for their animals which in 1916 consisted of: five hundred horses and ponies, 29 elephants, 15 camels and about 20 other hay eating animals, plus tigers, lions, monkeys, and birds including ostrich. Of the 25 Ringling structures that once existed, 10 of the winter quarters buildings still exist, having been designated National Historic Landmark Structures. The surviving Water Street buildings form the basis for our tour of Historic Ringlingville, presented once each day at 2:30.