A giant poster of Custer’s Last Stand is on permanent display in Vermont.
A rare 12 feet wide by six feet high circus poster was acquired by the Vermont Historical Society when a local building was demolished recently. The poster was for the Forepaugh Circus which traveled throughout the United States from 1879 until the early 1900s.
Forepaugh’s rivaled Barnum’s Circus. The image is “Custer’s Last Rally” or “Custer’s Last Fight” and was part of the Forepaugh’s Wild West Show. It was the first circus to show the Custer re-enactment in 1887.
“The only time this circus visited Barre was on July 25, 1890, so we believe that is the date of the poster,” said Jackie Calder, Vermont Historical Society’s Museum Curator. “This is a remarkable survivor that reminds us of how popular the circus was in Vermont at one time.”
The poster is on exhibit at the Vermont History Center at 60 Washington St. in Barre.