Friday, February 27, 2009

From Ralph Pierce

Baraboo Winterquarters2, originally uploaded by bucklesw1.

Good Morning Buckles
Included in the attachment is a rare photo showing the Gollmar Winterquarters in Baraboo in the early 1900's. As you can see this photo gives even more verification to your fathers statement that the eight elephants wintered at the Ringling Quarters. As can be seen, this was a modest facility and did not have any buildings large enough to hold a herd of eleven bulls. Photo was most likely taken in Spring (no leaves of trees) and the show must have left town because no visible wagons but you can see what looks like a practice ring that had been used in the right side of the photo. This quarters were on the end of 2nd Avenue on the West end of the city exactly on the opposite side of town from Ringling's right at the bridge next to the old Woolen Mill. There was a railroad siding just on the other side of the river for the Woolen Mill and other factories which Gollmar's used to load the train when starting the season.
Ralph from Baraboo