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Guide to Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis.
MAY 1 TO DECEMBER 1, 1904.
(Compiled for The World Almanac under the direction of Walter B. Stevens, Secretary of
The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, to be held in St. Louis, beginning April 30, 1904, and ending December 1, 1904, will celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the purchase of the Louisiana Territory by the United Star from France. From the land acquired in this purchase fourteen States and Territories have been carved: Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Minnesota, Wyoming, Indian Territory, South Dakota, Nebraska, Louisiana, Montana, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and North Dakota. For this territory the United States paid $15,000,000. The Exposition will entail an expenditure of at least $50,000,000, beginning with a sum of $15,000,000, $5,000,000 of which was raised by popular subscription, $5,000,000 by the city of St. Louis through a bond issue and $5,000,000 appropriated by the United States Government. The Exposition has inside its fences 1,240 acres. The Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893 contained 633 acres, that in Paris in 1900 336 acres,
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while the Pan-American at Buffalo in 1901 contained 300 acres. The Louisiana Purchase Exposition will have under roof 128 acres of exhibit floor space. Chicago had 82 acres.
St. Louis, the city in which the Exposition is held, is in population the fourth city of the United States. It contains 750,000 inhabitants and follows New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. The city leads the world as a market in a number of commodities, including dry goods, groceries, boots and shoes, tobacco, lumber, drugs, hardware and furniture. is served by the largest Union Railway Station on earth, erected some five years ago at a cost of $6,500,000. In this station twenty-seven lines of railways centre from all directions. An idea of the distance, the time consumed in travelling and the rates of fare is given by the following table to St. Louis from points in the United States. The railroads have not yet announced their Exposition rates, and the rates stated are those prevailing at present. In all probabillily the rate will be a single fare for the round trip. Miles. Hours. Fare.
To St. Louis.-From
To St. Louis.-From
Miles. Hours. Fare
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THE STREETS OF ST. LOUIS for the greater part run at right angles to each other
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The Exposition grounds are located about five miles from the west bank of the Mississippi River,
on which the city of St. Louis is built. From Union Station and the downtown hotels the Exposition Grounds may be reached not only by all the lines of street cars, but by a number of railroads also. The Wabash Railroad has installed close to the main entrance of the Exposition, a big passenger station with thirty-two subterminals. From these terminals "shuttle" trains run over four tracks to the city.
AMPLE HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS have been provided. The established hotels of St. Louis number over one hundred and have a capacity exceeding 21,000 guests. New hotels, many of them close to the Fair Grounds, have an additional capacity of 47.000 guests. Within the fences of the Fair Grounds, at a station of the Intramural Railroad, is located a hotel, "The Inside Inn," with a capacity of 6,000 guests. This hotel was built under a concession from the Exposition and its rates are controlled under contract by the Exposition. This tends to regulate hotel rates throughout the city.
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