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For four generations the Carson & Barnes Circus family has toured North America with our most traditional of American Big Top Circuses.

Barbara Miller Byrd and Geary Byrd own and manage Carson & Barnes Circus on a day to day… Continue reading

Invention of the Big Top Tent

In 1825, Joshuah Purdy Brown (1802?-1834) revolutionized the circus business and other traveling shows. He held his performances under a large, portable canvas tent. This innovation allowed shows to move between cities quickly and easily, go anywhere, stay as long… Continue reading

A Day in the Life

Carson & Barnes Circus, the biggest outfit operating under canvas in the United States. Continue reading


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