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Repairs needed at Peru barn, home to circus hall of fame museum

The structure near Peru in northern Indiana is home to the International Circus Hall of Fame museum.
Credit: Tim Bath/Kokomo Tribune
A Kokomo Tribune photo from Oct. 1, 2020 shows the International Circus Hall of Fame in Peru, Ind.

PERU, Ind. — A historic Indiana barn that once housed elephants and tigers from well-known circuses is in need of emergency repairs. 

The structure near Peru in northern Indiana is home to the International Circus Hall of Fame museum.

Bob Cline, treasurer of the nonprofit hall of fame, said volunteers discovered in December that a main beam supporting an upper wall of the structure had rotted out completely and given way. 

Our partners at the Kokomo Tribune reported the group is seeking donations to fund repairs, including the $4,200 for the emergency project. 

“We know what all needs to be done,” he said in an email to the Tribune. “It’s going to be costly and time consuming. This is far more than a paint job.”

Donations for the project can be made via PayPal to the Circus Hall of Fame.

The barn was built in 1922 by the American Circus Corporation. It's among several structures at the site, which once served as the winter quarters for the world’s largest circuses, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.