On Circus Day, time stood still. Banks and schoolhouses shut their doors, and unpaved Main streets were clogged with folks from down the block and across the county.
Children stood alongside businessmen as everyone strained to hear the air calliope, also known as a steam organ, and squinted to see the first cart of the horse-drawn spectacle: the circus parade.
As cart after cart passed through the throngs, people who might never have ventured more than a few miles from where they were born stared tigers, monkeys and elephants straight in the eyes.
"Back then, it was an annual event," said circus clown Joey Kelly of St. Louis. "You saved up for it. When circuses came to town, a lot of businesses shut down, so you could make a day of it."
Janet Davis, associate professor of American studies at the University of Texas at Austin and author of "The Circus Age," said the circus was the biggest thing going at the turn of the century.
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Bouncing on her mother's knee, Sophia Rounds sat in a green onesie, a snail prominently displayed on the front, and pulled her mother's brown hair. Throughout their appointment, the 5-month-old blonde kept tugging her mom's hair, prompting Jill Rounds to look down and ease her baby's grip every couple of minutes as she answered a series of questions about herself and Sophia.
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