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Ringling Bros. Monument, Wahpeton, N.D.
Ringling Bros. Monument, Wahpeton, N.D.
TitleRingling Bros. Monument, Wahpeton, N.D.
Date of Original1909
CreatorOlson, W. O.
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionStone monument, in the form of a broken wooden pole over a circus tent. Inscriptions on the monument state "Erected by the employees of Ringling Bros. Circus" and "Chas. E. Walters, Sept. 15, 1870, June 10, 1897."
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectLandmarks
Subject (LCTGM)Circuses & shows
Tombs & sepulchral monuments
Organization NameRingling Brothers
LocationWahpeton (N.D.)
Richland County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item Number2000.509.196
Format of OriginalPhotographic postcards
Gelatin silver prints
Dimensions of Original14 x 9 cm.
Publisher of OriginalOlson, W. O., photographer
Transcription"Dear Mother: I send you the pitcher of the monument theat I said I seen. Mary Lausten" - Handwritten on back of postcard.
NotesTitle printed on front of postcard.
Biography/HistoryOn June 10, 1897, the Ringling Brothers Circus was setting up a tent in Wahpeton, N.D. during a thunderstorm. Lightening struck a tent pole, and killed two workers, Charles Smith and Charles Walters. A third man died from his injuries a year later. They were buried in a pauper's cemetery south of town. The monument that marks their grave, is an exact replica of the damage post, rope and chain.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionRonald Olin North Dakota Postcard Collection 2000
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (2000.509.195)
Digital IDrs004549
Original SourcePostcard
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