The Louisiana Purchase Exposition
, informally known as The Saint Louis World's Fair
, was a World's Fair
held in Saint Louis, Missouri
which celebrated the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase
(delayed one year). It opened April 30
, 1904, and closed December 1
the same year. The Fair Grounds covered 1,200 acres, the largest space of any fair, and it was probably the most grand of the old style Pre-World War I
Fairs. There were over 1500 individual buildings, connected by some 75 miles of roads and walkways, and it was said to be impossible to give even a hurried glance at everything there in less than a week. Exhibits were staged by 62 foreign nations, the United States
government, 43 of the American states, in addition to the numerous exhibits put on by many industries, cities, private organizations and corporations, theater troops, music schools, etc.
The Fair hosted the 1904 Summer Olympic Games and introduced the world to the ice cream cone. Ragtime music was popularly featured.
This Fair is referred to in the 1944 Judy Garland Movie "Meet Me In St. Louis[?]".
Left to right, top to bottom: 1)Palace of Varied Industries; 2)Palace of Mines & Metallurgy; 3)Entrance to Creation Exhibit on the Pike; 4) View from Observation Wheel, showing exhibitions New York to the North Pole, Galveston Flood, and Palace of Transportation.
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