Proposed 1892 World’s Fair That Didn’t Happen in D.C.

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Birdseye view of the National Capital, including the site of the proposed World's Exposition of 1892 and Permanent Exposition of the Three Americas
Birdseye view of the National Capital, including the site of the proposed World’s Exposition of 1892 and Permanent Exposition of the Three Americas

Source: Library of Congress

The World’s Fair or World’s Columbian Exposition was the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the New World. Several cities vied for the privilege of hosting the fair, including New York, Washington, and St. Louis. Alas, Chicago beat out the contestants, but above is a drawing of the proposed layout, should the fair have been held in Washington.

Also, check out the bridge where Memorial Bridge stands today. It appears to be the unbuilt bridge in honor of Ulysses Grant.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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