These people have done a phenomenal job of collecting information.
The victims were found burned, piled upon each other, the heat inside the canvas tent so high that reports state it was capable of crematory levels of heat.
The paraffin pouring like water out of the overheated canvas above was liquid flame- and the people trapped inside were difficult to identify at all.
The funerals and burials brought the entire city together in their worst moment.
The Baraboo Wisconsin home of the Circus, Circus World, has a large historical data base of information and photos relating to circus history. The original area where PT Barnum first located outside of NY, this is a collection point for American Historical Circus at it's finest.
With thousands of vintage circus posters and items, this is also the largest repository of surviving artifacts from the 1944 season for Ringling Brothers.
It includes a miniature of a classic circus layout- which is VERY close to the layout of the tent site on July 6th.
The Circus Fans of America Site is also full of information and background that will enhance understanding and appreciation of the circus and the fire that changed the way the country views events. Buildings replaced tent shows, and new standards made the canvas sided portable building a thing of the past.
Site includes a photo of survivors attending the memorial service and dedication in 2005.
Circus History . Org is another great site to find information.
LINKS of amazing circus information and history of all kinds.
TIME magizine July 17, 1944
Circus site info on firefighters with pictures.
Circus Fire 1944's Firehouse Mag. layout with pictures of the aftermath of the fire.
Floorplan from Firemen Magazine 1944
GREAT Photos at
LA TIMES ARTICLE