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Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, California, USA
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Festival Hall
The Tower of Jewels and the Italian Tower
The Palace of Fine Arts
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Held just years after the 1906 earthquake the Panama-Pacific exposition had actually been in the planning stages since 1904. Much of the site was built in landfill that partly consisted of partly of debris from the earthquake. It's most visible remnant is the Palace of Fine Arts which was originally made out of plaster and rebuilt with permanent materials in the 1960's.

On opening day, 20 February 1915, President Wilson opened the exposition by pressing a golden telegraph key which sent a wireless message to an antenna on the Tower of Jewels. That started a giant diesel engine starting a fountain.

San Francisco also hosted the 1894 California Mid-Winter Exposition and the 1939-'40 Golden Gate Exposition.

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Video
 
"The Innocent Fair," original 1915 footage with 1962 narration by Walter S. Johnson
 
Silent film footage from opening day (20 February 1915)
 
Silent film footage from 1915
 
Footage from Closing Day (04 December 1915) with narration recorded 25 years later
 
2010 computer recreation of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition by Idia Lab
 
Today's remnants of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Interational Exposition, presented by Kris Rowberry
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Quick Info

opening date
20 February 1915
closing date
04 December 1915
site description
on landfill in what is now the Marina District
site size
256 hectares (635 acres)
participating countries
24
attendance
18.9 million
status
pre-BIE
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The World's Fair Community

ExpoMuseum's sister site, WorldsFairCommunity.org, maintains a discussion group about the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Visit it here.

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