The first unusual things these voyeurs found were posters advertising the upcoming Barnum “Greatest Show on Earth”, scheduled for September 9th in Des Moines. Thousands of these brightly colored advertisements were strewn across the farm fields, dirt roads and open country, advertising elephants that could stand on one leg and monkeys that could juggle. There were also nearly 2,000 admission tickets blowing in the breeze, each one worth a whopping 50 cents.
Original 1877 Iowa Train Wreck Stereoview, CRI & P Railroad, Four Mile Creek
As for the circus? Well, as the saying goes, the show must go on. Despite the tragedy, P.T. Barnum still held his circus on September 9th, 1877, in Des Moines. Unfortunately for those who found a stray ticket near the crash site, Barnum reprinted that evening’s tickets in a different color.
One mile from 8th Street SW & 17th Avenue SW