Barnett Brothers Circus, 1929 ~ 1945 / Bennett Brothers Circus, 1929 ~ 1938

Barnett Brothers Circus, 1929 ~ 1945 / Bennett Brothers Circus, 1929 ~ 1938 (HM11JH)

Location: York, SC 29745 York County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 59.496', W 81° 14.526'

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This site was the winter quarters of the Barnett Brothers Circus, briefly known as the Wallace Brothers Circus, from 1929 through 1945. Founded by Ray W. Rogers (1889 ~ 1946), the circus was one of the first to travel by truck instead of by train. That freedom helped it succeed during the Depression and World War II. It began its tour each March or April with a performance in York, then returned in November.


A highlight of the York Christmas parade was Santa Claus riding an elephant. In 1929 five sons of C.P. and Olive Bennett, living nearby, started their own circus with encouragement from Ray Rogers, who loaned them his big top and a few animals. All six Bennett sons and two daughters participated, along with other local children. Their circus performed in York, Rock Hill, Clover, and Sharon through 1938.
HM NumberHM11JH
Marker Number46-51
Year Placed2012
Placed ByThe Yorkville Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 2:56pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 477905 N 3872138
Decimal Degrees34.99160000, -81.24210000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 59.496', W 81° 14.526'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 59' 29.76" N, 81° 14' 31.56" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14 E Jefferson St, York SC 29745, US
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