West entrance to the Midway Plaisance, Columbian Exposition World’s Fair, 1893, Chicago
The decaying Government and Fisheries Buildings in the winter after the Columbian Exposition, 1894, Chicago.
Most of the remaining buildings would be destroyed by fire in July of the same year.
View from the ruins of the Peristyle after the fire of January 1894, Columbian Exposition, Chicago.
View of the Horticultural Building in winter, Columbian Exposition, 1893, Chicago.
Using a rope to traverse frozen Jackson Park Harbor, 1911, Chicago.
The ships, replicas of Columbus’ caravels (La Maria, La Pinta and La Nina), were remnants from the Columbian Exposition.
The Midway Plaisance, before construction, 1892, Chicago.
Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Archives
Strolling past the Statue of the Republic, Columbian Exposition, 1893, Chicago.
Looking west from Cafe de la Marine, Columbian Exposition, 1893, Chicago.
The bridge shown still exists and is now known as Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge in Jackson Park.
Three daily departures from Toronto to Chicago, 1893, Chicago.
And as promised, the “…most gorgeous display of fireworks ever seen in America,” Chicago Day, Columbian Exposition, 1893, Chicago.
Though, Tesla’s Spotlight seems to be getting the most attention…
The northern facade of the French Building, Columbian Exposition, 1893, Chicago.
A Viking ship replica sits in Lake Michigan next to the USS Illinois, a “faux” warship made from bricks and cement, Columbian Exposition, 1893, Chicago.
Looking toward the Administration Building, 1893, Chicago.
Photo by the pioneering female photographer, Alice Austen.
A militia parade marches past the Transportation Building on Chicago Day, Oct 9, 1893, Chicago.
Crowds pour into Administration Plaza on Chicago Day, Oct 9, Columbian Exposition, 1893, Chicago.
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