3506 North Main at I-45
Houston , 77009
NOT Mollie Bailey's gravesite; Hollywood Cemetery hours 7am - 6pm; gravesite for James Eulee Bailey and Brad. S. Bailey; her husband, James Augustus "Gus" Bailey, is buried at Evergreen Cemetery; Marker in Hollywood Cemetery, entrance off of I-45 at North Main Street; travel along road to right, marker in southeast corner of main cemetery; list of sponsors on back of marker
Directions: Hollywood Cemetery hours 7am - 7pm; entrance about 25 feet north of North Main Street on north bound I-45 feeder road; inside cemetery, travel along road to right, marker in southeast corner of the cemetery
Key Time Period: 1877 - 1892 Post-Reconstruction
Per the research of Bernice Mistrot, which includes various newspaper articles, Confederate Pension records, and census records; James Augustus "Gus" Bailey did not die in 1896; he died November 10, 1900, he was buried in Evergreen Cemetery on November 12, 1900.
Marker Text: A native of Alabama, Mollie Arline Kirkland was married to James Augustus (Gus) Bailey in 1858. The son of a circus owner, Gus Bailey formed the Bailey Family Troupe with Mollie, his brother Alfred, and Mollie's sister Fanny. They traveled throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas with their show until the beginning of the Civil War.
Gus and Alfred Bailey joined the Confederate Army in 1861 and became members of Hood's Texas Brigade. While Gus led the regimental band, Mollie traveled with them as a nurse and as a member of Hood's minstrels, entertaining the troops.
Gus and Mollie Bailey and their children continued to travel as entertainers after the war. In 1879 they bought a small circus and moved to Texas. Billed as "A Texas Show for Texas People," it became the Mollie A. Bailey Show following Gus' retirement. After his death in 1896 Mollie continued to operate the circus, a popular annual event in many towns. She was known as the "Circus Queen of the Southwest."
In 1906 Mollie married A. H. "Blackie" Hardesty, a circus employee. She continued to be known as Mollie bailey, however, and ran the show until 1917. She died at St. Joseph's Infirmary in Houston on October 2, 1918. (1989)
Marker Type: Marker with Post
Historical Org: Texas Historical Commission (THC)
Key Map Information: 493 C & 453 Y
GPS Coordinates: 29 47.360, 95 22.260
Precinct No: 2
Marker No: 10600