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