The town of Baraboo was the original home for the Ringling Brothers Circus. Started in 1884 by 1936 it had absorbed every major circus competitor and kept thrilling audiences under its tents until 1956. The big tent couldn't compete in the evolving modern world with its new wonders and they had to make the transition to arenas. Unfortunately circuses aren't all cotton candy and pretty costumes - if you've got the stomach for it, check out this link I found on PETA's website regarding their history of animal abuse. The Wildlife Advocacy website also has a disturbing video of elephant abuse. Not only are the elephants beaten but they are chained the majority of the time. No animals should be beaten or chained. Period. (It breaks my heart when I see dogs outside on short chains wrapped around trees without their "pack". Don't want to have your dog be part of your pack, then don't get a dog.)
Downtown Baraboo had some neat architecture, but I was really impressed with Coffee Bean Connection. In addition to some baked goods, their coffee shop was hopping, and they even had bulk loose tea which I purchased to bring home with me and try. The staff was very friendly and I'll go back when I'm in the area again.
Across the street was a cute mural in an outdoor space where parents could enjoy that cup of coffee while their little ones were at play.
Linking up to Monday Mural.