Billed as the worlds tallest man, Arthur James Caley (aka the Middlebush Giant), was given the stage name of Colonel Routh Goshen by P.T. Barnum. Stories about him abounded: Barnum either discovered him while traveling abroad, or first saw him on the streets of New York; he was either born on the Isle of Man, in 1827, or in Jerusalem in 1837 Barnum made up so many stories about the big guy that he himself might not have remembered which one was true. At any rate, the circus billed the Middlebush Giant as standing 711? and weighing 620 pounds, but he most likely topped no more than 75?, around the same height as todays tallest pro basketball players. Colonel Routh Goshen died in Middlebush, New Jersey, in 1889 and is buried there.
Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages…the top ten attractions ever to grace the stage of the circus big top!