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I am researching information about Robinson’s Circus visiting Chillicothe, Mo., on Monday, June 25 (year unknown) when I came across your website. You may already have information about Ed Smith, but please see the article below. Would you have any idea when Robinson’s circus came to Chillicothe, Mo.? There’s a gap in our archives. I think it was 1900. We have about 20 photographs of the promotional banners placed at various places in town. – Catherine Stortz Ripley, News Editor, Chillicothe (Mo.) Constitution-Tribune

“WILL JOIN CIRCUS. Ed Smith leaves tonight for Dodeon, Mo., where he will join bill car No. 1, belonging to Lemon Bros.’ circus. He will travel with the bill posters about six months.”

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John Robinson’s 10 Big Shows Combined 4 Circuses, 3 Menageries, Roman Hippodrome, Grand Spectacle of King Solomon & Queen of Sheba and 2 Elevated Stages played Chillicothe in 1906. There was a double herd of elephants, 1500 rare and costly wild animals, the Battle of Wounded Knee with Indians, Cowboys, Scouts and Soldiers, The Leavensworth Zouaves, Ellsworth Female Zouaves, Robinson’s Female Cadets, and Captain Winston and his talented educated seals. The show played June 22 – Atchison, Kansas, 23 – Cameron, Mo., 24 – Sunday, 25 – Chillicothe, Mo., 26 – Brookfield, Mo., 27 – Macon, Mo., 28 – Monroe City, Mo., and 29 – Hannibal, Mo. You might want to check these papers for possible references to the Chillicothe date.

Ted Bowman Circus Route Collection.

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