The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair --
by Society President, Mike Truax. This website has
recently undergone a major upgrade (October 2009) with lots of new
information. Provides much information, pictures and links
to many sources of information about the
Fair. Foods, myths, legends, and memorabillia are
explored. Mike has recently updated his "Links page to include
many more websites with information about the Fair.
Explore a map of the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis -- The Missouri History Museum produced this overlay map in 1996 to show the locations of attractions at
the World's Fair as they would appear today in and near Forest Park. The
fairgrounds used roughly the western half of the park and the neighborhoods and
campus of Washington University west of present-day Skinker Boulevard, out to
present-day Big Bend. To the south of today's Lindell Boulevard, where the
Norman K. Probstein Golf Course is now, were many of the large exhibition halls.
To the north of Lindell and west of DeBaliviere Avenue, where so many mansions
are now, was the Pike, a midway of concessions, rides and other attractions. The
264-foot Ferris Wheel was just southeast of present-day Skinker and Forsyth
boulevards. Some things are easy to match, such as Art Hill and the Grand Basin,
even though the basin lake was larger then than it is today. Click on a numbered map marker to begin exploring the World's Fair.
World's Fair souvenir of the Engineers' Club of Saint
Louis, 1904 - A book published by the Engineers' Club in 1913 containing a wealth of technical information and facts about the Fair. This book has been reproduced and reprinted. It is available from several sources for about $20. However, you can click on the link and read it on Google Books.
St. Louis Olympics 1904 -- St. Louis Olympics, 1904 corrects common misperceptions and presents a
fresh view of the games that featured first-time African American
Olympians, an eccentric marathon, and documentation by pioneering
photojournalist Jessie Tarbox Beals. You can read the book by clicking on the link.
Official Daily Program. A program of the events of the day was published on a daily basis for Fair visitors. The program for "Thursday, June 16th 1904" is show here as an example of what types of events were held daily at the Fair.
At the Fair-1904 World's Fair - A website developed in 2008 containing a lot of information about the 1904 World's Fair. The author has done a wealth of research on the facts and legends of the Fair.
The St. Louis Public Library -- Contains a virtural tour and vast amount of information about the fair.They have created many indices for some the 'primary reference books' from the 1904 era, including: "The Universal Exposition of 1904" by David R. Francis, "History of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition" by Mark Bennitt, the World's Fair Bulletins, and other souvenir picture books from 1904.
Beyond the Ice Cream Cone --by Society member Pam Vaccaro. Beyond the Ice Cream Cone is an in-depth look at the history of food at one of the 20th century’s most awe-inspiring events, the 1904 World’s Fair in
Legacies of the St. Louis World's Fair --by Bert Minkin. 100 pages, Virginia Publishing, October 1, 1998.
A compilation of articles on the 1904 World's Fair written by Bert Minkin, that were printed in local St. Louis Newspapers (Suburban Journals). Published in conjunction with (and available from) the 1904 World's Fair Society.
Philip Geerling's CD-ROM site - Phillip Geerling has created for purchase a CD
containing the contents of one of the best books about the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair titled,
‘History of the Louisiana
Purchase.’ The original book contains over 400 pages and 4,000
photographs. The index links to the pages in the book creating an efficient
source of reference information. The leather and silk covered book sold for
$50.00 in 1904. Other bindings were less expensive. Original books are hard to
find and expensive.