The February 20th Open House
offered to celebrate
the 125 years since Karl King was born.
On Saturday, February 20th, an open house was held at the Fort Dodge Public Library Meeting Room from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm, hosted by the Karl L. King Municipal Band.
The band historian, Nancy Olson, her daughter Susan Garro, conductor Jerrold Jimmerson, and other band members were present for this display of vintage circus posters, route maps from the 9 years that King traveled with the various circuses, a vast collection of pictures and news articles, samples of hand-written music of Karl King, musical instruments, and some of the many other archival items the band has in their possession.
Circus posters and scrap books of newspaper articles from Karl King's life.
As the day progressed, there were more and more visitors.
Visitors found that Karl King and his circus bands
performed in many cities in many states.
1913 Barnum & Bailey Circus Route Map - and seen at left, the 1912 Route Map of the Sells Floto Circus
Larry Mitchell with the painted portrait of Karl King
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