Wish you Were Here
Americans began to expand their vacation destinations by the 1890’s. The railroad made it possible for millions of people to visit two famous World Fairs, the Columbian Exposition in 1893 and the St. Louis Fair in 1904.
The Columbian Expo, also called the Chicago World’s Fair, was a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ landing in North America in 1492. In six months, 26 million visitors explored the 600 acre fairground, which boasted 200 plus display buildings, and marvelous new technological wonders including electricity, and the first-ever Ferris Wheel.
Eleven years later the St. Louis Fair covered 1,272 acres and proudly displayed a vast Palace of Agriculture, the actual Liberty Bell from Philadelphia and a life-size replica of a Viking ship sent from Norway.