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DAN RICE CIRCUS. The circus came to Dubuque in June 1872 with dog acts, "educated" mules, and fancy riding. (1)

The Dan Rice Circus appeared in Dubuque in July, 1877. At the time the news reported on his erecting a soldiers' memorial for $20,000 and his many appearances on behalf of churches and charities. (2) He returned on August 8, 1877. (3)

Scheduled for Dubuque in June, 1936, the Dan Rice Circus featured a 12-year old lion tamer among other performers. (4)

For more information about Dan Rice-http://www.circusesandsideshows.com/performers/danrice.html



1. "The Circus," The Daily Herald, June 23, 1872, p. 4

2. "Caught on the Fly," The Daily Herald, July 14, 1877 p. 4

3. Advertisement. The Daily Herald, August 5, 1877, p. 4

4. "Dan Rice Circus in Dubuque Next Saturday," Telegraph-Herald, June 14, 1936, p. 3