1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri

One of the most famous events ever to take place in the city of St. Louis was the 1904 World’s Fair. This was the largest single International event to ever take place in St. Louis and still holds the record to this day.

The event took place in what is now Forest Park which is currently home of the St. Louis Zoo, the Science Center and the Art Museum. This area was pretty much undeveloped up until that point in history. The Fair was managed by the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company. Together with the help of the City of St. Louis Government and other entities it was quickly transformed into a beautiful scenic venue with fountains, rolling hills, forests and giant exhibit halls all in preparation for an event able to amaze people from all over the world.

St. Louis Art Museum

St. Louis Art Museum

Forest park remains one of the most stunning and beautiful areas in St. Louis today because of the World’s Fair. If you ever get the chance to visit I would highly recommend going to Forest Park.

It has been said that many new inventions, foods and other products were showcased or born at the fair. One such invention was the ice cream cone. Just think if the fair had not happened. The world may not have ever been able to enjoy a rocky road on a cone.

The X-ray machine was another product introduced at the 1904 World’s Fair.

Many great minds and celebrities from all over the world were present.

President Theodore Roosevelt was on hand for the opening dedication on April 30th, 2004.

Another great mind in attendance was Thomas Edison. Electricity and new electrical appliances such as the coffee maker, toaster, electric typewriter and many others were being displayed. Most all of the exhibits, structures and new buildings were beautifully lit up displaying the use of electric lights. Edison was on hand to make sure the uses of electricity were applied properly.

Statue of Saint Louis at Forest Park

Statue of Saint Louis at Forest Park

The 1904 World’s Fair brought much prosperity and notoriety to the city of St. Louis and we are to this day very appreciative it took place in our great city.

Below are some good links with more information about the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair:

Mike’s 1904 WF Web Pages

1904 World’s Fair Society

Louisiana Purchase Exposition at Wikepedia

Missouri Historical Society