21 Rare Photos Taken In St. Louis During the 1904 World’s Fair

Officially known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, the St. Louis World’s Fair introduced our city on an international stage. The event was centralized in Forest Park, and it was no easy task to bring together. David K. Francis, a former Mayor of St. Louis and Governor of Missouri, was the driving force behind promoting our city as the site of the exposition. The World’s Fair and the Summer Olympics, which were held that same summer, changed St. Louis forever. See below the stunning images of this huge event in our history.

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Some consider the St. Louis World’s Fair the birthplace of many inventions, including ice cream cones, ice tea, sliced bread, and more. Do you know of any interesting stories from this incredible event in St. Louis history? Share them with us in the comments below!

Still feeling nostalgic? Here is what life in St. Louis looked like in the 1920s.