this Oct. 17, 2013 photo, new doors were installed as part
of the initial phases of restoration of the Ringling train
shed along the Baraboo Riveras in Baraboo, Wis. A $1 million
renovation of the unique building which housed train cars
that took the "greatest show on Earth" across the
country, is complete. The Circus World Museum says it's the
longest wooden railroad structure in America.
Contractors have completed a more than $1 million renovation of a
circus building that 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 and execution. Crews replaced almost
300 windows, installed fire hydrants, updated electric wiring and
upgraded nearby roads to prepare the 105-year-old building for its
eventual opening to Circus World Museum visitors.
railroad cars owned by the Ringlings were repaired and repainted
in the shed near the Baraboo River during the winter, the Baraboo
News Republic (http://bit.ly/1uNPdJL) reported. It's the longest
wooden railroad structure in America, according to museum
boarded-up windows now illuminate the 600-foot-long building with
natural light, Scott O'Donnell, executive director of the Circus
World Foundation, told the group's executive committee Thursday.
sunshine in that building again is pretty darn amazing," he
began the project to restore the circus shed nine years ago, and
the final phase began last fall. Previous phases involved
replacing exterior doors, upgrading exterior rail tracks,
improving interior lighting and installing safety features.
hopes to eventually incorporate displays that highlight the role
the shed played in Ringling circus' national success.