Sparks Circus in United States

Sparks Circus

OwnerJohn H. Sparks
?-1928: Charlie Sparks (adopted)
1928-?: American Circus Corporation
Ringling brothers
Closed down1932
CountryUnited States

Directors?-1903: John Sparks
1903-1928: Charlie Sparks (adopted)

Head keepers
of elephants
?-1923: Louis Reed
1924-1931: Walter Mclain, Elephant superintendent
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Sparks Circus, located in United States. Sparks Circus closed down in 1932.

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Circus began in the 1890s as the John H, Sparks Old Virginia Shows, established by John H. Wiseman (1863-1903). He used the name of Sparks on all of his entertainment shows and legally changed his name to John H. Sparks. He died on January 29, 1903.

Walter Mclain started 1917 as candy butcher at Sparks Circus, became assistant to Louis Reed in 1923, and Elephant superintendent 1924-1931.

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Koehl, Dan (2020). Sparks Circus, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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