1945: The Clyde Beatty Circus was founded by Clyde Beatty (1903-1965), an animal trainer. He formed his own circus Clyde Beatty Circus in 1945 after touring with several circuses including Hagenbeck-Wallace Cicus in his early career.
1946: Beatty toured his circus as Clyde Beatty - Russell Bros. Circus in conjunction with Russell Brothers Pan-Pacific Circus in 1946, then decided to open a show under his name only.
From 1942 Arky Scott was boss elephant man until he was hired to replace Hugo Schmitt on the Ringling Show in 1950.
1956: the circus was sold to the Acme Circus Corporation, and Beatty was hired as a star attraction.
1957: the Acme Circus Corporation acquired the Cole Bros. name and the show became Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus.