Cheyenne, WY Circus Tent Blows Down, July 1912

CROWD IN PANIC WHEN CIRCUS TENT FALLS

YANKEE ROBINSON CIRCUS TENT BLOWN DOWN IN STORM AT CHEYENNE, WYO.

THIRTY SPECTATORS ARE HURT

Over 1,500 People Pinned Beneath the Tent and Panic Ensues - Physicians Say None of the Injured Will Die From Their Hurts

By United Press

Cheyenne, Wyo., July 14 - The doctors today say that none of the thirty persons injured when the tent of the Yankee Robinson show blew down last night, will die.

Over 1,500 people were in the tent last night, when a storm blew it down, pinning the spectators underneath. A high wind, accompanied by rain and lightning sprung up suddenly after the crowd gathered, and scenes of indescribably panic caused as the people were imprisoned beneath the big tent. It was during the frenzied efforts of the people to escape from the enfolding tent that many of them were injured.

Aberdeen Daily News, Aberdeen, SD 13 Jul 1912

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BIG TOP FALLS UNDER WIND PRESSURE

Thirty People Injured When Main Tent of Circus at Cheyenne Collapses.

AMBULANCE IN ACCIDENT

Police Wagon Loaded With Injured Crashes Into Curb in Storm.

CHEYENNE, July 12. -“ Thirty people were injured, several seriously, this afternoon, when the main tent of the Yankee Robinson circus was blown down by a windstorm. Simultaneously the animal tent collapsed and added to the confusion.

A terrific wind and rain storm made the work of rescue difficult.

While going at full speed of a police ambulance which started with the first load of injured to the hospital crashed into a curb. It was smashed, but the occupants escaped without further serious injury.

Among the injured were:
Fred Hirsching, good roads official, head crushed by falling tent pole; may die.
Mrs. Jacob Elhaser, hip fractured.
Wilfred Quileary, badly bruised.
Judge R. N. Matson, district court, leg injured.

The Idaho Weekly Statesman, Boise, ID 13 Jul 1912

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