A philanthropist by the name of Howard Tibbals created this over a period of 50 years. It is a 3/4 -inch-to-the-foot scale and occupies 3,800 s.f.. There are 8 main tents, 152 wagons, 1,300 performers and workers, over 800 animals and a 59 foot train.
When you first enter the building there is a long hallway and on either side is a long train, complete with tracks, back buildings of a town, railway workers, and animals being off-loaded. Unfortunately I did not get pictures of this as I was under the impression photography was forbidden, however I do have many photos of the actual circus city set up. You can click on each one for a larger view if you want. Some of them may be a bit blurry, but I chose to share them anyway.
The above picture shows the start of a town with it's depot, cars and people all coming in for the circus.
A closeup of the decorated horses and the wonderful wheeled carriage they are pulling.
Visiting one another and having a bit of fun.
I couldn't pass up taking a photo of the cages for the various animals. They are so ornate and colorful. You can see the camels and zebras in the background.
You get a shot of some of the aerialist here. They were actually moving in circles like they would do in real life. Look at all the the people in the stands along with balloons, cotton candy and drinks. Not one detail unattended.
The train depot and cars of the 1920's.
A view of the train at night. You can see the individual pillows in each pull-down bed in this photo. The lights on the entire display would go out about every 15 minutes and you could view the scene as though it were at night with the various lights in the tents and along the wagons. This was taken during that time.