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I’m trying to find information on the Ford Brothers Kodiak Circus, a traditional big-top circus that I believe was based in Texas. It’s my understanding that the owner was implicated in the murder of one, or possibly two, of the circus’s workers in Colorado in 1982. Any info on this circus and especially on this incident would be greatly appreciated.

Tim Clark

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You can see two pages of information Regarding FORD BROS. CIRCUS at my GREAT AMERICAN CIRCUSES web site: http://hartlandsmith.tripod.com/fordbro.htm. When the circus played Mackinaw City, Michigan on July 8,1983, I found the showfolk to be very friendly and the equipment seemed to be in good shape.

Hartland Smith

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Update: The circus in question in my query of September 30 was a traditional “big top” operation that apparently began its season in Texas and traveled generally northwest through the states performing mostly one night stands. Eventually they would reach Seattle and board an Alaska-bound ferry boat. Their final performances of the season would take place on Kodiak Island, in the western Gulf of Alaska. They may also have been known as the “Ford Bros. Circus,” the “Ford Circus,” or the “Ford Bros Trained Wild Animal Show.” Does anyone have information on this operation?

Tim Clark

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