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1984 Louisiana World Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
1984 World's Fair photos
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Entrance Gate (photo by Carey Akin)
The world's fair site as seen from the
gondola ride that ran over the Mississippi River
The United States Pavilion and monorail
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Plagued with attendance problems, the 1984 Louisiana World Expo has the distinction of being the only world's fair that has declared bankruptcy during its run. Many blamed the low attendance on the fact that it was staged just two years after Knoxville's 1982 World's Fair just two states away.

It also has the distinction of being the last expo held in the United States.

Despite its problems, it is fondly remembered by many New Orleans residents and noteworthy architecturally for the groundbreaking post-modern Wonderwall designed by Charles Moore and William Turnball.

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Video
 
 
World's Fair Special from WDSU Television
 
1984 World's Fair Site Documentation
 
60 Minutes program aired after closing day (part 1)
 
60 Minutes program aired after closing (part 2)
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Exclusive ExpoMuseum.com Video
 
 
Music from the official Louisiana World Exposition souvenir record
 
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2010 CCTV News Segment
 
 
Mandarin language video: ExpoMuseum.com's Urso Chappell talks to Chinese Central TV News about the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition in a series of segments about past world's fairs prior to the opening of Expo 2010
 
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Quick Info

opening date
12 May 1984
closing date
11 November 1984
theme
"The World of Rivers - Fresh Water as a Source of Life"
site description
Along the banks of the Mississippi River in what is now Riverwalk in the Warehouse District
site size
33 hectares (81.4 acres)
participating countries
25
attendance
7.3 million
status
BIE specialized exposition
(Class II)
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Check out The ExpoMuseum.com Shop for other world's fair books, video, audio and art.
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Mascot
 
 
Seemore D. Fair

Seemore D. Fair was the official mascot of the 1984 World's Fair as well as the first mascot at any world's fair. It was seen as a way to highlight the fresh water theme and appeal to children.

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Map
 
 
1984 Louisiana World Exposition 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 1984 Louisiana World Exposition. Visit it here.

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Other Useful Sites
 

1984 World's Fair Memories - Harold Dufrene's blog

The 1984 New Orleans World's Fair - book by Bill Cotter

Images of the Month Gallery: October 1999 - from the New Orleans Public Library

Riverwalk - legacy site

A World's Fair to Remember - documentary from WYES

The Shuttle at the 1984 World's Fair - from the Kennedy Space Center

World's Fair Photos - photos for sale on CD

Looking Back: The Wonder of the 1984 World's Fair: Photography by Joshua Mann Pailet - from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

New Orleans World's Fairs - about both 1884 and 1984, from Tulane University

Facts and Trivia - from Earth Station 9

New Orleans Reaches its Goal of $26 Million for 1984 World's Fair - New York Times, 9 April 1981

World's Fair - 1984 - photos from Webshots Travel

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