The World's Columbian Exposition


The World's Columbian Exposition

Another reminder of the World's Columbian Exposition still visible in Jackson Park is the Statue of the Republic, a 24-foot replica of Daniel Chester French's 65-foot statue that stood in the fair's Court of Honor. Unveiled on May 11, 1918, it stands at the foot of 65th Street, not far from the site of the original.

The Statue of the Republic symbolized the strength of a country that had survived a civil war and was taking in immigrants from all over the world.

The Statue of the Republic symbolized the strength of a
country that had survived a civil war and was taking in immigrants from all over the world. (photo by William
H. Jackson, CHS ICHi 17124)

The original Ferris Wheel remained on the Midway until 1895, when it was dismantled and moved to 2643 North Clark Street, the present site of the Lincoln Park Post Office. It operated there until 1903 and was moved to St. Louis for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904. The Ferris Wheel was dynamited and sold for scrap in 1906.

Souvenir Chinese baby doll from the Libbey Glass Pavilion.  The bunting is made of spun glass.  (CHS  1980.8)

Souvenir Chinese baby doll from
the Libbey Glass Pavilion. The
bunting is made of spun glass.
(CHS 1980.8)

Although the glory of the World's Columbian Exposition was transient, its influence lived on long after the fair closed. Many of the products displayed at the exposition later became everyday features of American life. Its congresses were influential in shaping the nation's thought. The parklike exposition grounds awakened in many Americans the desire to beautify their neglected cities.




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