Thursday Thirteen #13
For this week’s Thursday Thirteen I offer you a trip back in time to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Are your seat belts fastened? Let’s go!
13 Facts about the 1904 World’s Fair:
1. The 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair is also known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
2. The Third Olympic Games were held as an adjunct to the Fair, and were largely lost in the chaos of the Fair itself.
3. The Ice Cream Cone was introduced, and some say invented, at this fair.
4. It inspired the song “Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis.” (Words by Andrew B. Sterling, Music by Kerry Mills.)
5. The hamburger and iced tea first gained widespread popularity at the fair, though they had certainly existed previously.
6. This fair was designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the actual Louisiana Purchase (1803).
7. It was supposed to open in 1903, but was delayed a year.
8. The exposition covered 1,240 acres in a mostly fan shape.
9. It opened on April 30, 1904 and ran until December 1, 1904.
10. During the time that the fair was open it attracted nearly 20 million visitors.
11. The Ferris wheel, also known as the Observation Wheel, was 340 feet tall.
12. A “Living Museum” of peoples from around the world (including the Ainu, Pygmies, and folks from the Philippines) was one of the less politically correct aspects of the fair from our modern perspective.
13. Among other inventions, the fair featured early automobiles and cooking with electricity.
* A Cultural History of the United States: The 1900s by Adam Woog
* Our American Century: Dawn of the Century 1900-1910 (Time-Life)
* “Louisiana Purchase Exposition.” Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. 2008. Grolier Online. 2 Apr. 2008.
* The Missouri Historical Society 1904 World’s Fair Exhibit
* The Official Website of the Olympic Movement