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The 1904 World's Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward
Looking South to Festival Hall. Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Oil on canvas by
The 1904 World's Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward
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On April 30, 1904,  Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company President David R. Francis officially opened the Louisiana Purchase Exposition  also known as the 1904  World's Fair  with the call, "Open ye gates. Swing wide, ye portals." A magnificent spectacle greeted the opening day crowd of 200,000 a  dazzling city stood on what had been a woodland park. Fair organizers had erected nearly 1,500 buildings including several grand "palaces" across 1,200 acres of a newly redesigned Forest Park.

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World's Fair, 1904, Birdseye ViewCarpenters at work on the Palace of Varied IndustriesPalace of Varied Industries construction, 1902Roof construction on Palace of Liberal ArtsPalace of Electricity, St. Louis World's FairFerris Wheel, St. Louis World's FairMissouri Corn Palace, St. Louis World's FairGrand Basin, St. Louis World's FairFestival Hall, St. Louis World's FairChinese exhibit at the 1904 World's FairChinese Desk Displayed at the 1904 World's FairPalace of Electricity, St. Louis World's FairCentury Camera Co. Field Camera Used at the 1904 World's Fair.Floral Parade of Nations, St. Louis World's Fair1904 St. Louis World's Fair Grounds
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