John Wilson in United States


John Wilson
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John Wilson, located in United States.


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John Wilson (1829-August 4, 1885) Native of Scotland.
1859: bought the Sands, Nathan & Quick elephants, Victoria and Albert, for $22,000; which were shipped west in the charge of Dr. Charles Bassett, as agent for the owners; the elephants were the first to be exhibited on the West Coast and, as such, created quite a sensation. With the help of William Hendrickson, bought show equipment for $20,000 and put out a circus featuring the elephants; and the Grand Circus and Elephant Exhibition, Wilson & Co., owners, opened at Jackson and Kearney Streets, June 1, 1859. Converted Mechanics’ Pavilion, San Francisco, into a hippodrome.
1860: company was advertised as John Wilson’s “Dan Rice’s” Great Show.
1885: He died in Hamburg, Germany, from dropsy and cancer of the liver, during the time his circus was traveling in that country.


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Koehl, Dan (2020). John Wilson, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=2353. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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