17/01/2022

1904 St Louis US – Louisiana Purchase Exposition

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1904 St Louis

Name:Louisiana Purchase Exposition
Dates:30 Apr – 1 Dec 1904
Days:215 days
Venue:St Louis Art Museum and a number of temporary building
– 515 ha (1,270 acres)
Theme:Centennial of the Louisiana Purchase, and supplanting the
St Louis Exposition for trade, agriculture and science,
that had run from the 1880s
Exhibitors:15,009 from 63 countries and 45 US states
Awards:
Visitors:19,694.855, admission 25c – 50c
Legacy:Costs $25m – $31.5m with a loss of $1m

St Louis city and Missouri State, funding was provided as $5m from US gov’t, $5m in public subscription,
$5m by St Louis city bonds issue. The Director was F J V Skiff.

Advert for French participation in 1904

The event was to mark the centennial of President Thomas Jefferson’s real estate deal struck with Napoleon Bonaparte, paying just $15 million for the 600 million acres of Louisiana Territory. The deal was made in 1803, but it took until 1804 for the news of the transaction to reach St Louis.

Also in 1804 the exploration team, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, decamped from St Louis to map this new USA land. The Missouri History Museum built after the exposition in Forest Park has exhibits on the land purchase and the fair.

1904 venue

The St Louis Art Museum was built for the fair and displayed masterpieces and ancient artefacts illuminating millennia of worldwide human culture, including a display of gifts that Queen Victoria had received for her Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The St Louis Zoo was founded for the fair. The Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit was the ‘Flight Cage’ the largest aviary built in the world at this time, it was 69.5m (228 ft) long, 25.5m (84 ft) wide and 15m (50 ft) high. It remains one of the world’s largest free flight cages.

The current World’s Fair Pavilion is a later construction built on the site of the exposition’s Missouri Building. Some fifty entertainment concessions were adjacent to the site in Forest Park. The St Louis Union Station was built for the exposition traffic and is today a National Historic Landmark.


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