How Circuses Use to Roll into Boston – Elephants in the Streets!

I was looking at the Boston Public Library's Flickr account and came across some of these old circus pictures. It looks like it used to be quite an event in the city. Here's a selection of some of the pictures. 

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1928 – Elephants walking into Boston

 

1930 - Indians riding into Boston

1930 – Indians riding into Boston for a show

 

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Between 1917 and 1934 

 

Elephants on the streets of Boston

Between 1917-1934 – I believe this is on Arlington Street in the Back Bay

 

Grant Gately Square - Circus in town - Boston

Between 1917-1934 – This is Gately Square on the corner of Mass. Ave and Huntington

 

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1930 – The training arriving in Boston and being unloaded

 

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Between 1917 and 1934 – Elephants taking a break in the salt water of the Mystic River in Everett

 

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Between 1917 and 1934

 

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Between 1917 – 1934

 

 

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Between 1940 and 1949 – The elephants arrive at Boston Garden

Some things don't change

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2010 – And here's the elephants heading into Boston Garden. From Bill Ilott on Flickr

 

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2005 – Here's what it looks like in more recent times. From elwin on Flickr

 

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