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1904 St. Louis World's Fair
Fun and fascinating "Fairfacts" from the 1904 World Fair.
the 1904 World Fair
For the trivia buff...
  • Anyone caught smoking on anti-cigarette day, October 7, was threatened with arrest.

  • The St. Louis World’s Fair is still the only Exhibition of its kind to result in a net profit.

  • Each of the thirty-six cars on the observation wheel carried a guide.

  • A lighthouse, made entirely out of salt, was featured in the Agricultural exhibit from New York.

  • Over 1,679,000 trees, shrubs and vines were on the grounds of the Fair.

  • The stadium on Washington University, named for the President of the Fair, was the first concrete structure in the country built for this use.

  • It took 12,000 railroad cars to handle the many exhibits at the Fair.

  • The Fair had its own ice plant, producing 300 tons of ice per day.

  • Washington State used solid sticks of lumber two feet square and 100 feet long for a truly unique building. An office within was made from the trunk of a tree, hollowed out. It was 12 feet in diameter.

  • Thousands of varieties of roses bloomed in the 10 acre garden in front of the Palace of Horticulture.

  • The dome of Festival Hall was covered in gold leaf and was actually larger than the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

  • It was said that John Philip Sousa, upon hearing another band or group performing, would hastily gather up members of his group and instigate a concert by "the Band."

  • One of the most attractive exhibits, in terms of number of people visiting, was the original log cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born. The cabin was located in the Lincoln Museum.

  • Souvenir medals were minted daily by the United States Mint in the U.S. Government Building on a coining press brought from Philadelphia.