Shrine Circus

Shrine Circus (HMFRP)

Location: Detroit, MI 48226 Wayne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 19.846', W 83° 2.565'

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Near this site, on February 26, 1906, some 3,000 spectators watched the nation's first Shrine Circus. Detroit's Moslem Shrine temple's one-ring show was the beginning of a major fund-raising venture for Shrine temples throughout the country. In 1907 Shrine temples in other cities began sponsoring circuses, and in 1925 the Shriners featured their first three-ring show. Originally operating for one week, Shrine Circuses appear across the nation throughout the year. Clyde Beatty and his wild animals were the main attraction in Detroit from 1925 to 1965. The Nelsons, aerialists and acrobats, and the Romigs, clowns, of Michigan were also featured performers during the early years. In the 1980s annual attendance at Shrine Circuses exceeded that of any other circus in America.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberS552C
Year Placed1980
Placed ByMichigan History Division - Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 1:20am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 331699 N 4688522
Decimal Degrees42.33076667, -83.04275000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.846', W 83° 2.565'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 50.76" N, 83° 2' 33.90" W
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Area Code(s)313, 586, 734, 248
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 527-599 Randolph Street, Detroit MI 48226, US
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