The circus comes to Lincoln this coming week, and we've got a blast from the past. Over the last 100 years, the world's largest land animal -- the elephant -- has roamed through Nebraska hundreds of times with circuses, traveling shows and otherwise. Imagine 20 pachyderms marching down O Street today.
No Trucks Allowed
The original caption for this 1959 photo reads: "Just elephants are moving down Lincoln's O Street when the photographer snapped this shot of the city's first circus parade in many, many years."
A circus elephant steps off a train car in Lincoln in 1969.
O Street Elephants
This undated -- though clearly very old -- photograph is of 12th and O streets in downtown Lincoln. The elephants and their riders were members of an unnamed circus.
Gov. Val Peterson (right, standing) welcomes a pair of young, twin elephants from the Shrine Circus to the Capitol. The photo is undated, though Gov. Peterson held office from 1947-1953, so it was taken sometime during that era.
The original caption for this 1973 photograph reads: "Bucky Steel of Dallas, right, took his Shrine Circus troupe for a walk Thursday but 3,000 pound Zola got winded and took a nap in a downtown Omaha intersection, causing a short traffic tie-up."
Both elephant and rider are dressed to the nines in this 1974 photo of an unnamed circus in Lincoln.
Elephant in Color
An elephant with the Ringling Bros. Circus steps off the train and into Lincoln in 1982.
Elephants provide more than just entertainment for a circus. They're workhorses, too. An elephant helps set the poles for the John A. Strong Circus at 124th and Holdrege streets in this undated photo.
Elephants on Parade in 1915
A parade of circus elephants crosses the intersection at 15th and O streets in downtown Lincoln 100 years ago. Photo dated "around 1915."