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The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as The Saint Louis World's Fair, was a World's Fair held in Saint Louis, Missouri in 1904 which celebrated the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase (delayed one year). It opened April 30, 1904, and closed December 1 the same year. 1904 St. ... 1904 St. ... The Gateway Arch, shown here behind the Old Courthouse, is the most recognizable part of the St. ... 1904 is a leap year starting on a Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... From Frank Bond, Louisiana and the Louisiana Purchase. ... April 30 is the 120th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (121st in leap years), with 245 days remaining, as the last day in April. ... December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Fair Grounds covered 1,200 acres (4.9 km²) roughly on the present-day grounds of Forest Park, 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 (120 km) 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. The Palace of Agriculture alone covered some 20 acres of space. Forest Park is the name of at least three towns, three parks, and a neighborhood in the United States: Forest Park, Georgia Forest Park, Illinois Forest Park, Ohio Forest Park in Saint Louis, Missouri Forest Park in Portland, Oregon Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts Forest Park is a neighborhod in... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ...

Palace of Mines & Metallurgy

All but one of the grand neo-Classical exhibition palaces were temporary, constructed with a material called "staff", similar to plaster of Paris. Buildings and statues suffered visible deterioration during the months of the fair. The single exception was the Palace of Fine Art, designed by architect Cass Gilbert and featuring a grand interior sculpture court based on the Roman Baths of Caracalla. Standing at the top of Art Hill, this building is among the remnants of the Fair and now serves as the home of the St. Louis Art Museum. Other structures dating from the Fair are Brookings Hall on the campus of Washington University, some of the mansions on Lindell on the north border of Forest Park originally built as national exhibits, and the huge bird cage at the St. Louis Zoo. 1904 Worlds Fair, Palace of Mines, from period steropticon card This image is in the public domain in the United States and possibly other jurisdictions. ... 1904 Worlds Fair, Palace of Mines, from period steropticon card This image is in the public domain in the United States and possibly other jurisdictions. ... This article is about the building material. ... US Supreme Court Building, Washington DC, East Pediment, 1928 - 1935 Cass Gilbert (Zanesville, Ohio November 29, 1859 - New York, New York May 17, 1934) attended MIT and worked for a time with the firm of McKim, Mead, and White. ... Categories: Historical stubs | Ancient Roman architecture ... Washington University in St. ... The Saint Louis Zoological Park is a zoo in Saint Louis, Missouri. ...

Palace of Varied Industries

Exhibits were staged by 62 foreign nations, the United States government, 43 of the U.S. states, in addition to the numerous exhibits put on by many industries, cities, private organizations and corporations, theater troops, music schools, etc. Carnival-type amusements were found on "The Pike". 1904 Worlds Fair, Palace of Varied Industries, from period stereopticon card This image is in the public domain in the United States and possibly other jurisdictions. ... 1904 Worlds Fair, Palace of Varied Industries, from period stereopticon card This image is in the public domain in the United States and possibly other jurisdictions. ... A U.S. state is any one of the 50 states which have membership of the federation known as the United States of America (USA or U.S.). The separate state governments and the U.S. federal government share sovereignty. ...

View from Observation Wheel, showing exhibitions New York to the North Pole, Galveston Flood, and Palace of Transportation

The Fair hosted the 1904 Summer Olympic Games, the first Olympics held in the United States. These games had originally been awarded to Chicago, but when St Louis threatened to hold a rival international competition, the games were relocated. Nonetheless, the sporting events, spread out over several months, were overshadowed by the Fair. With travel expenses high, many European athletes did not come. Nor did Baron Pierre de Coubertin. 1904 Worlds fair Louisiana Purchase Exposition as St. ... 1904 Worlds fair Louisiana Purchase Exposition as St. ... The 1904 Summer Olympics, formally known as the Games of the III Olympiad, were held in St. ... Baron Pierre de Coubertin Baron Pierre de Coubertin (January 1, 1863-September 2, 1937), born as Pierre de Frédy, was a French pedagogue and historian, but is best known as the founder of the modern Olympic Games. ...


A number of foods are claimed to have been invented at the Fair, including the hamburger, the hot dog, peanut butter, iced tea and the ice cream cone. However, these claims are controversial and widely disputed. Hamburgers often contain lettuce, onions, and other toppings, as shown here. ... A large hot dog with ketchup A hot dog is classified as a type of sausage or, alternatively, a sandwich on a suitably shaped bun with the sausage and condiments on it. ... Peanut butter on toast Peanut butter is a food product usually consisting of roasted and ground peanuts, usually salted and sometimes sweetened. ... This article is about the beverage. ... An ice cream cone is a cone-shaped pastry, usually made of a wafer similar in texture to a waffle, in which ice cream is served, permitting it to be eaten without a bowl or spoon. ...


Ragtime music was popularly featured at the Fair. This is an article about Ragtime music. ...


Birmingham, Alabama's iconic cast iron Vulcan statue was first exhibited at the Fair in the Palace of Mines and Metallurgy. Birmingham is the largest city in the U.S. state of Alabama and the county seat of Jefferson County. ... Cast iron usually refers to grey cast iron, but can mean any of a group of iron_based alloys containing more than 2% carbon (alloys with less carbon are carbon steel by definition). ... The Vulcan statue of Birmingham, Alabama is the largest cast iron statue in the world and the symbol of the city. ...


This Fair is referenced in the 1944 Judy Garland movie "Meet Me In St. Louis". 1944 was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Judy Garland (June 10, 1922 - June 22, 1969) was a American film actress who is considered one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywoods Golden Era of musical film. ... Meet Me in St. ...


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