Visit the Graves at ‘Showmen’s Rest’ Oklahoma’s Circus Cemetery!
Did you know there's a cemetery in Oklahoma that has an entire section named 'Showmen's Rest' that is the final resting place for circus performers? You'll find it in Hugo, Oklahoma at the Mount Olivet Cemetery.
If that sounds somewhat familiar this same cemetery also has a section called 'Bull Riders Repeieve' where Lane Frost is buried along with Warren "Freckles" Brown and several other famous rodeo legends.
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Back in the 1940s Hugo, OK. was known as 'Circus Town USA' and was a very popular place where circuses would headquarter throughout the winter months, or whenever they weren't traveling around the country.
Even to this day, there are circus performers and big top entertainers in Hugo, OK. you may even catch a glimpse of routines and practices if you make the trip. It was also a popular wintering site for rodeos.
Hit play on the video below to take a virtual tour of 'Showmen's Rest' in Hugo, OK.
The 'Showmen's Rest' section of Mount Olivet Cemetery was purchased by D.R. Miller back in 1960 after his brother Kelly Miller passed away. He wanted to not only honor his late brother, he extended it to all circus performers and entertainers. To this day there are circus performers that are laid to rest in this cemetery.
Throughout the years additional donations have been given to ensure proper headstones and burials to any circus performers that may not have other family members or the means to pay for a final resting place.
'Showmen's Rest' at Mount Olivet Cemetery is located at 198 South 8th Street in Hugo, OK.
There are stone monuments of elephants that have the inscription 'Showmen's Rest' on their bases that mark the boundaries of the section in the cemetery where circus performers have been buried at Mount Olivet.
The grave markers are mostly circus themed and have amazing, even beautiful details. You'll get to know the person whose grave you're visiting just by looking at their headstone. A lot of them even have pictures and murals that will tell you who they were and what they did in the circus. These gravesites are truly amazing!
Watch the video below that Discover Oklahoma did on 'Showmwen's Rest' in Hugo, OK.
You'll see ring masters, clowns, trainers, acrobats, trapeze artists, jugglers, daredevils, and just about every other kind of circus performer you can think of. Personally, I've never seen anything quite like this before.
It's definitely one of the most unusual collections of gravestones and monuments I've ever seen and I certainly mean that in a good way. These headstones and the entire 'Showmen's Rest' section of the cemetery are a true celebration of the lives that were lived by these incredible people...Rest in peace!