Why is Vermont the circus capital of the US and Brattleboro its center? Brattleboro writer and circus artist Kevin O'Keefe explores why as he recounts 19th century news coverage of circuses on Island Park, now only a slip of land remaining between New Hampshire and Vermont in the Connecticut River over which the Anna Hunt Marsh and Charles Dana bridges traverse. From PT Barnum to the Lentz NY Circus, troupes would arrive at the Brattleboro train station in scores of cars filled with elephants, horses, camels, and workers enough to erect a small town for a few days on the island. From elephants bathing in the river to warnings of 'circus people and their ways', these accounts provide a humorous look at the local fascination with the greatest show on Earth.
Audio Producer: Reg Martell
Research & Narration: Kevin O'Keefe
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