Sunday, December 2, 2007

Riverwalk Gateway [Murals VIII: The Columbian Exposition] - by Ellen Lanyon

Riverwalk Gateway...
Continued from the post, Riverwalk Gateway.. click here..
Mural VIII: The Columbian Exposition..

1893: The World's Columbian Exposition, considered the greatest world's fair in history, was located on a 686-acre wasteland that was transformed by America's finest architects, landscape designers, and artists into a wonderful city of neoclassical palaces set amidst canals, lagoons, and lawns. Jackson Park, the Museum of Science and Industry and a smaller reproduction of "The Republic" statue are south side landmarks that are among the legacies of the wondrous "White City." The fair attracted twenty-eight million people, the equivalent of forty-five percent of the nation's population in 1893.

On Chicago Day, October 9, 1893, more than 760,000 visitors jammed the grounds to mark the anniversary of the Chicago Fire.

No comments: