Spalding, Gilbert R., 1811?-1880, American showman, b. Albany co., N.Y. Known as "Doc" because he owned a drug and paint store in the early 1840s, he acquired a circus in the mid-1840s and in 1848 formed a partnership with the English circus rider Charles J. Rogers. The Spalding and Rogers circuses are credited with many innovations, including the first circus use of tent quarter poles (erected between the center and side poles), the pipe organ, and knockdown seats as well as using the railroads to move an entire circus. The Floating Palace, which toured (1850s) the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, was one of the most elaborate showboats, with a regulation circus ring.
Spalding is a village in Greeley County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 537 at the 2000 census.


Spalding is located at (41.689405, -98.363709).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 537 people, 220 households, and 137 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,581.5 people per square mile (609.8/km²). There were 244 housing units at an average density of 718.6/sq mi (277.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.88% White, 0.19% African American, 0.74% from other races, and 0.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.74% of the population.

There were 220 households out of which 24.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the village the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 19.2% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 30.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 83.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $27,039, and the median income for a family was $35,729. Males had a median income of $21,184 versus $18,125 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,087. About 6.8% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.3% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.

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