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Carson and Barnes Circus

Address Box J
Zip-code 74743
Place Hugo, Oklahama
Country United States

Head keepers
of elephants
1985: Donnie Carr, elephant boss
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Carson and Barnes Circus, located at Box J, in Hugo, Oklahama, United States .

Living elephants

At the Carson and Barnes Circus lives 14 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Becky born 1969
  2. Bunnie
  3. Chang born 1972
  4. Isa born 1970
  5. Isla born 1968
  6. Kelly born 1970
  7. Libby
  8. Lisa
  9. Lulu born 1975
  10. Susie (Suzy)
  11. Tracy (Traci, Tracey) born 1970
  12. Val born 2007-04-27
  13. Viola
  14. Zola born 1965

Comments / picturesThe Carson & Barnes Circus never had more than five elephants under Jack Moore. The 1962 Group included Mabel, Jenny, Josky, Wanda and Suzie.

To the uninformed Jack Moore first called his show the Tex Carson Circus and leased his first elephant from D.R. Miller in 1954 "Mabel". By the time this picture was taken he had four, "Mabel", "Josky", "Jenny" and "Suzie" and a new name "Carson & Barnes". To what extent D.R. was involved with this show is unknown.
By 1969 Mr. Moore had passed away and D.R. made a settlement with his widow Angela and thru a complicated set of circumstances took the Carson & Barnes title and placed it on his show which it remains until this day.
The Al G. Kelly & Miller Bros. title remained dormant for the next 15 years until it was revived by David Rawls in an abbreviated form "Kelly Miller Circus".

1985, January: 27 elephants; Asian elephants: 1. Kay (40 yrs), 2. Barbara (abt 40 yrs, arrived 1947), 3. Sue (late 30s), 4. Tina (mid 20s), 5. Minnie (abt 25), 6. Lydia (40s) 7. Ginny (15), 8. Viola (16), 9. Mona (abt 15), 10. Lilly (abt 15), 11. Isa (abt 15), 12. Becky (abt 15), 13. Bunny (17), 14. Libby, 15. Sis, 16. Roxie, 17. Margaretta (15), 18. Del Rita (15), 19. Alta (18), 20. Isla (15), 21. Opal (15), 22. Kelly (abt 15), 23- Tracy (14), African elephants: 24. Paula (22), 25. Toni (4 yrs), 26. Brittany (3,5), and 27. Christy (3,5). (circus report)

References for records about Carson and Barnes Circus

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Koehl, Dan (2021). Carson and Barnes Circus, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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