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1962 World's Fair photos
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The Space Needle and the Alweg Monorail
The United States Science Exhibit
Corporate and Alaska Pavilions
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The Century 21 Exposition is best remembered for the creation of Seattle's Space Needle and Alweg Monorail. Much of what was created still exists today, including the United States Science Exhibit which is now the Pacific Science Center.

It is also remembered for Elvis Presley's movie, It Happened at the World's Fair.

This exposition was Seattle's second international exposition, preceded by the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. The Pacific Northwest also hosted expositions in 1905 in Portland, 1974 in Spokane, and 1986 in Vancouver.

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50th Anniversary Celebrations
 
1962+50
 
2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair. Naturally, that anniversary extends to the Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center, the monorail, and the Seattle Center area itself.

Not surprisingly, celebrations are underway this year looking back at the last fifty years while also looking forward. These celebrations are under the name The Next Fifty. They have a fantastic site where you can share your stories of the world's fair and read other people's contributions.

Seattle writer Knute Berger, the Space Needle's Writer-in-Residence, has written several articles about the iconic structure.

ExpoMuseum's Urso Chappell, writing for the official Expo 2012 blog, wrote an article about Seattle celebrating fifty years.

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Video
 
 
Video highlighting a 2011 event centered on the 1962 World's Fair site featuring Seattle writer Knute Berger
 
"Century 21 Calling" - 1962 film highlighting the Bell Telephone Pavilion
 
8mm film from 1962
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Quick Info

opening date
21 April 1962
closing date
21 October 1962
theme
science
site description
downtown area in what is now Seattle Center
site size
30 hectares (74 acres)
participating countries
24
attendance
9.6 million
status
BIE
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Map
 
 
1962 World's Fair site map
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Discussion Board
 
 
The World's Fair Community

ExpoMuseum's sister site, WorldsFairCommunity.org, maintains a discussion group about the 1962 Century 21 Exposition. Visit it here.

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Other Useful Sites
 

History of the Century 21 Exposition
- from HistoryLink.org

The Space Needle - the official site

Seattle Center Monorail - the official site

Seattle Center - the legacy site

World's Fairs are a Dying Breed
- from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Friends of the Monorail
- site advocating the extension of the
existing monorail.

A Model for the Future
- Article from The Seattle Times in 1962.

Alweg Monorail
- the monorail's manufacturer

Pacific Science Center

Scouting at the World's Fair

1962 Century 21 Exposition
Seattle World's Fair

- images posted by azzurrolou on Flickr

Century 21 Exposition
Space Needle Design

- cut-away illustration and alternative designs

Alweg Seattle - from the Alweg Archives

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The ExpoMuseum Shop
 
 
 
 
Check out The ExpoMuseum Shop for world's fair books, video, audio and art.
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