Pawnee Bill's Wild West show parading on North Main 1900

This historic photo from July of 1900 captures the scene on North Main Street when Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show came to town.

A Mansfield ad 1900

Like any other circus extravaganza, the Wild West Shows—such as this one belonging to Pawnee Bill, or others like Wild Bill Cody’s—made a grand entrance into each community with a festive parade leading folks to the circus grounds.

Then & Now: Parade on North Main Street 1900

Take a close look at the tribal chief on horseback in feathered attire. If he looks a little wilted it could be because the temperature in Mansfield that day hit 96 degrees.

Consider that while you look at how everyone on the street is dressed in 1900.

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Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Saturday with a column titled Native SonEvery Tuesday, he taps into his knowledge and collection of historical photos and bring us Then & Now, a brief glance at the way things were.