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Memorable Manitobans: Richard “Dick” Burden (c1852-1908)


Born in eastern Ontario and while still quite young ran away from home to join the circus. He came to Winnipeg with its first circus, and was stranded here with the show. Although he appeared on stage with different local circus entertainment in Winnipeg, it was as the city’s first bill-poster that he became well-known. This advertising business grew to considerable proportions and his clientele extended to all parts of Canada and the United States.

Burden opened the first Turkish baths in Winnipeg, at the Clarendon Hotel. After about four years he sold out his businesses and moved to Lapeer, Michigan, where he died in 1908.


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 August 2011

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