Since 1937 the small town of Hugo, Oklahoma has been known in certain circles as “Circus City”. As many as 22 circuses have called Hugo home during the winter in the years since and though most have moved on some of their performers remain, forever “on the stage” at Showman’s Rest.
Showman’s Rest is easily found in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Granite posts, each topped with an elephant, mark the rectangular plot where the performers share their final act- the elaborate tombstones sharing their stories.
From towering stones carved with the ringmaster’s likeness to 3 dimensional tents and benches for sharing stories, this is a cemetery that is fun to visit.
Directions: 200 S Broadway, Trice & 8th St; or take the Rt 70 bypass south of town and watch for the Olivet Cemetery sign.
Open during daylight hours, group tours available by appointment.
Photos by Jody Halsted. To see more images of Showman’s Rest please visit my Oklahoma set on Flickr.Jody Halsted shares her travel tales
at Family Rambling.