DescriptionThe river, the nearby mountains of purplish quartzite and the trim little city of Baraboo all took their name from the French trader Baribault, whose post stood here in the early 19th century.
Baraboo also is the hometown of the Ringling Brothers. Fond memories of a circus boat they had seen in Iowa spurred five sons of a German harnessmaker to present their first “Classic and Comic Concert Company” show in 1882. From 1884 to 1918 Baraboo was home to their enterprise, which ultimately became Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The tradition continues today with live circus shows in the summer.
Visitor InfoBaraboo Area Chamber of Commerce 600 W. Chestnut St. BARABOO, WI 53913. Phone:(608)356-8333 or (800)227-2266
Things to SeeCircus World
Mid-Continent Railway Museum