Ringling circus shed in Baraboo gets renovation
Project complete after nearly a decade
BARABOO, Wis. — Contractors have completed a more than $1 million renovation of a unique circus building which once housed train cars in Baraboo before the “greatest show on Earth” was taken across the country.
The $1.2 million upgrade to the Ringling Bros. train shed is now finished after nearly a decade of planning. Crews replaced almost 300 windows, installed fire hydrants and upgraded nearby roads to prepare the 105-year-old building for its eventual opening to Circus World Museum visitors.
The Baraboo News Republic reports the 80-plus railroad cars owned by the Ringlings were repaired and repainted in the shed near the Baraboo River during the winter. Museum officials say it’s the longest wooden railroad structure in America.
Circus World hopes to incorporate displays that highlight the role the shed played in Ringling circus’ national success.