Hagenbeck Animal Show at St. Louis Worlds Fair in United States

Hagenbeck Animal Show at St. Louis Worlds Fair
Elephants and their handlers from Hagenbeck
Elephants and their handlers from Hagenbeck's Circus gathered outside of the fenced animal area in the Pike section of the 1904 World's Fair.

Closed down1905
PlaceSt. Louis
CountryUnited States
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Hagenbeck Animal Show at St. Louis Worlds Fair, located in St. Louis, in United States, was founded in 1904. Hagenbeck Animal Show at St. Louis Worlds Fair closed down in 1905.

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Records about from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at http://www.bucklesw.blogspot.com/
The St. Louis World's Fair in 1904 was also known as The Louisiana Purchase Exposition. It was the second World's Fair held in St. Louis; the first was the St. Louis Exposition in 1884. The Fair celebrated the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase (delayed one year). It opened April 30, 1904, and closed December 1 the same year.
J Goodall, Buckles blog, 02 September, 2008

1904-03: Carl Hagenbeck and his son Lorenz Hagenbeck brought wild animals to the Hagenbeck Animal Show at St. Louis Worlds Fair. Reuben Castang was Hagenbeck's animal supervisor for the unit and could step in to work any act. The elephant trainer (Wilhelm Philadelphia) had to leave and Castang took over the elephants, including the big elephant slide. In Reuben Castang's book "Wild anmial man" he mentions taking over the elephant act that was trained by Hagenbecks chief elephant trainer, Wilhelm Philadelphia.

From the book Animals Are My Life, by Lorenz Hagenbeck:
When in March 1904 we stood on board the s.s. Bethania and he was bidding me goodbye, 'Lad,' he said to me, 'I want you to take care we don't lose a single elephant.' He was indeed not a little worried, for he was putting the largest group of exotic animals which we had ever handled directly into my hands. Twenty elephants had been sold to Thompson and Dundee and there were also two bachelor elephants which were going to the largest menagerie in the world, that of Luna Park on Coney Island. There were also eight others for the circus of the Ringling Brothers (who were of German extraction, then in close connection with Barnum and Bailey, who later bought them out), in the transport here were still eight other elephants, including a cow and baby Jumbo. These belonged to our own proposed show at St. Louis.

That made thirty-six elephants in all, not to speak of the other wild animals, trained and untrained, all in box-wagons, cages, tanks and baskets, covering the decks of the ship.

Animals Are My Life, by Lorenz Hagenbeck

1904: The show carried 8 elephants: Josky, Moms, Monte, Nancy, Pinto, Topsy, Trilby, +1 more, possibly Baby?. (Baby elephant was born on way to St. Louis onboard ship from Calcutta. Source)

The big elephant slide "shooting the chutes", 1904.

Hagenbeck's Zoological and Trained Animal Circus (Opened by May 20) 10¢ adult admission (arena 50¢/25¢, monkey, elephant, reptile, hybrid, bear shows or rides 10¢, 'track' riding 10¢, $1.00 for other shows).

1905: The show became nucleus to the Carl Hagenbecks Wild Animal Circus.

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Koehl, Dan (2020). Hagenbeck Animal Show at St. Louis Worlds Fair, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=1485. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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