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"Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, "The Greatest Show On Earth"
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Barnum and Bailey "Grand Water Circus", lithograph by The Strobridge Litho. Co., 1895

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is a famous American circus, formed when the Ringling Brothers purchased the Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1907.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circuses separately and together grew to dominate live entertainment through their frequent purchases of many other American circuses. In 1957, they moved from tents to indoor venues, such as exhibition centers and arenas.

In modern times, they travel in two circus trains, the blue unit, and the red unit, following an alternating two-year schedule to bring a new show to each location once a year. Each consist is approximately 1 mile long.

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