Cumberland, Maryland (Entertainment)
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On June 4, 1915, the Gentry Bros. Shows, featuring a famous animal show, came. Show grounds were on Laing Avenue east of Virginia Avenue.
On May 13, 1921, the Spark's Three Ring Circus came. Tickets were fifty cents and seventy-five cents, war tax included.
On April 27, 1923, John Robinson's Circus performed at the N & G Taylor Tin Mill field.
On May 23, 1912, while performing as a Cossack rider with the Young Buffalo and Col. Cummins Show, Steve Graceley was fatally injured. While the riders were galloping toward the audience, one of the horses slipped. Mr. Graceley came forward doing the same trick. In making a turn, the horse slipped, throwing the rider. The horse gained his feet quickly, but the rider could not get up. Drs. William L. Burns and George H. Carpenter, who were in the audience, rushed to the rider's aid, found the injury of serious nature, and hurried him to the Western Maryland Hospital in Dr. Burns' automobile. Mr. Graceley died the next day, Saturday, May 24, 1912.
On June 23, 1916, Sells Floto Circus and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, featuring Jess Willard, champion boxer of the world, and Frank Gotch, champion wrestler of the world, performed. Fay Keiser, local boxer, sparred three rounds with the champ, Jess Willard. Show grounds were at the South End Ball Park.
Circuses continued to come to Cumberland until the late 1930's, but only occasionally would a circus come here. At times a circus would be sponsored by a local group. Today, and for many years, Ali Ghan Shrine Temple
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976