Friday, June 22, 2018

P.T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth, Howes' Great London Circus & Sanger's Royal British Menagerie: 1882 Maine Route

Monday, July 10, 1882 - Portland, Maine

Population: 23,810

Hotels.-United States and Perry.

Arrived early Sunday; beautiful day. All took advantage of it and yachting, rowing, swimming and fishing were freely indulged in the beautiful bay. Monday, three shows. Fred Mendoza went to New York, having received the sad intelligence of his brother's death by drawing whilst bathing at Coney island.

Tuesday, July 11, 1882 - Lewiston, Maine

Population: 20,000

Hotels.-DeWitt and Marston.

Hottest day of the season. An improvement in the programme by Mr. James Melville's performing Mameluke and Pasha in one ring whilst Mr. Dockrill perfromed the stallions in the other.

Wednesday, July 12, 1882 - Bath, Maine

Population: 6,000

Hotels.-Sagadarock and Bath.

Clear and warm. A laughable contest took place at the night show. It was a wheelbarrow race by the employees in the front of the house. The start was made in the following order: Pole, or No. 1-Frank Drew. No. 2-Jimmie Cooper. No. 3-Tom King. No. 4-John Cooper. No. 5-Eddie Mott. No. 6-Charles Bernard. No. 7-William Beecher. No. 8-Harry Marriam. No. 9-Ben Blackwood. The result was first, Frank Drew, second, Tom King, and last Ben Blackwood. The noticeable feature of the race was a double somersault over seven wheelbarrows by John Cooper, and a lightning change of barrows by Eddie Mott, who losing his own, fastened himself to one far in advance and thus saved himself from last place. 

Thursday, July 13, 1882 - Augusta, Maine

Population: 8,000

Hotels.-Augusta and Cody.

Rain, drizzling rain until two o'clock. Welcome return of Mr. Bailey from Europe.

Friday, July 14, 1882 - Waterville, Maine

Population: 6,000

Hotel.-Elmwood House

Cold and clear. Ada Vinetta re-enters race.

Saturday, July 15, 1882 - Bangor, Maine

Population: 20,000

Hotels.-Bangor and Penobscott Exchange

Dave Hawley and August Buislay, Maude Oswold and Annie Yates, leave the company, Ada Vinetta get her first fall in the races.

Monday, July 17, 1882 - Saco, Maine 

Population: 7,000

Hotels.-Saco and Saco River

En route on Sunday, Al. Roche whilst making coffee in the car spilled a boiling pot full, burning himself seriously. He was conveyed to the hotel where he remained back a week. Arrived at 12:30. Most of the company made excursions to Orchard Beach (the following year, 1883, Orchard Beach would become incorporated as the town of Old Orchard Beach) of surf bathing and the usual fishing parties were formed by veteran fishermen, Gilford Brothers, and the lone fisherman, Whimsical Walker, were on hand.

Source: My Diary or Route Book of P.T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth and the Great London Circus Season of 1882, Alvaro Betancourt (Stewart)

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