The links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in Chronicling America. You can explore the topic of "circuses" further using the following search strategies:
Use the following terms in combination, proximity, or as a phrase: circus, circus day, circus parade, circus train, pavilion circus, John Bill Ricketts, P.T. Barnum, Jumbo, Barnum & Bailey, Ringling Bros.
It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.