Van Amburg Circus in United States

Van Amburg Circus


Owner 1838-1865: Issac Van Amburg
1865-1889: Hyatt Frost
1889: Ringling Brothers
Closed down1889
Country United States

Directors1838-1865: Issac A. Van Amburg (1801-1865)
1865-1889: Hyatt Frost

Key People 1840: Benjamin Brown (animal trainer)
1876-1878: James L. Hutchinson (agent)


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: Orrin Townsend
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1853-1860: Stewart Craven
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Van Amburg Circus, United States , was founded in 1838. Van Amburg Circus closed down in 1889.

Comments / picturesVan Amburgs circus was founded as Van Amburgs Mammoth Menagerie and Great Moral Exhibition by Issac A. Van Amburg (1801-65), after the collapse of The Zoological Institute.

Issac van Amburg worked as animal trainer at June, Titus, Angevine and Co in 1834.

After Van Amburgh\'s death 1865, Hyatt Frost, his manager since 1865, continued using the Van Amburgh name.
From him it was leased by the Ringling Brothers in 1889.

1876: Performing Elephants - Bolivar, Ajax, Pizarro, Hannibal Jr. and Jenny.

1881-11-28: VanAmburgh & Co.\'s great golden menagerie and circus will be sold at public sale on Thursday, November 22, at Amenia, New York, the present management having grown wealthy at the show business, now wish to retire. This show has been successfully managed by Hyatt Frost, a Fayette county man, for thirty-five years. Connersville Examiner (Connersville, IN), November 10, 1881, n.p.n.

Batcheller & Doris, whose circus showed here last July, have just closed a most successful seaon, and find their exchequer swelled to the tune of $200,000. They are already at work making arrangements to start with a mammoth concern next spring. Huntingdon Journal (Huntingdon, PA), November 25, 1881, n.p.n.

...There was quite a gathering of representative circus men at Armenia, Pa., last Tuesday when Van Amburgh sold his Great Golden Menagerie and Circus. The Gold was considerably tarnished by a season\'s hard wrok. There were seventy horses offered, with wagons, harness and circus paraphernalia, besides menagerie animals. Cole, Coupe, Hutchinson and others were present, but Forepaugh did most of the bidding and succeeded in securing nearly everything worth buying, including Bolivar, the elephant, for which he paid $7,100. He also bought the double-horned rhinocerous for $2,400. Decatur Daily Review (Decatur, IL), November 28, 1881, n.p.n.

Van Amburg Circus in United States United+StatesBrooklyn Evening Star 1848-11-30

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Koehl, Dan (2024). Van Amburg Circus, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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