Franzen Brothers Circus, located at Rt. 1, Box 173, in Amherst Junction, Wisconsin, United States, was founded in 1975 and the first elephant arrived in 1974. The last elephant left in 1997. Franzen Brothers Circus closed down in 1997 in Amherst Junction, Wisconsin, .
In 1974, at the age of 27, quit his job, pooled his entire life savings and bought a two-ton Asian elephant. One year later he founded Franzen Brothers Circus.
Wayne Franzen was killed on May 7, 1997, by a tiger during the show.