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Term: Seils-Sterling Circus (Historic Marker Erected 1978)


Center Ave. and N. Water St., Sheboygan, Sheboygan County 

Near this site the Lindemann Brothers Circus gave its first performance in 1918. Well established by 1925, the Lindemann adopted the name Seils-Sterling, and their circus became one of the country's greatest motorized shows. In 1937 its 29-week itinerary included stops in 10 states, but the depression of the 1930s led to the end of Seils-Sterling's travels. The final performance was in Iron Mountain, Michigan, July 4, 1938. In 1965 the Lindemann brothers --  Bill, Al and Pete -- were enshrined in the Circus Hall of Fame at Sarasota, Florida.

[Source: McBride, Sarah Davis. History Just Ahead (Madison:WHS, 1999).]

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