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1893 World’s Fair fun facts

The 1893 World's Fair's Ferris wheel was 250 feet tall.  |  AP file photo

The 1893 World's Fair's Ferris wheel was 250 feet tall. | AP file photo

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The Columbian Exposition, or Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, was conducted to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ landing in the New World.

40,000 workers labored to construct the fair’s buildings around the man-made lagoons by landscape designer Fredrick Law Olmsted.

More than 50,000 objects displayed at the fair in the Anthropology Building, the Horticulture Building and the Mines, Mineralogy and Metallurgy Building as well as the cultural villages along the fair’s Midway became part of the Anthropology collections at the Field Columbian Museum, which was later renamed the Field Museum.

Several popular fair products including Shredded Wheat, diet carbonated soda, Aunt Jemima syrup and Wrigley’s gum are still around now.

A ticket to the fair cost 50 cents for adults; 25 cents for ages younger than 12 and free for ages younger than 6.

A 250-foot Ferris wheel (100 feet taller than the one currently at Navy Pier) featured 36 cars that could each accommodate 60 people (2,160 people when fully loaded).

The fair covered 630 acres in Jackson Park, and the first to feature a Midway Plaisance amusement area.

Courtesy of the Field Museum



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