Posts in category "1893 World's Columbian Exposition"

Columbia Susan Manak – First Baby Born at the World’s Columbian Exposition

Columbia Susan Manak – First Baby Born at the World’s Columbian Exposition
On October 17, 1892 a group of roughly 60 Inuits from Labrador arrived in Chicago to be part of the Esquimaux Village at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. It was the first of the ethnological exhibits to arrive at the Expo and was given a location inside the Exposition proper rather than on the Midway... Read more »

Obama Library may lead to destruction of historic Chicago Public Parks

Obama Library may lead to destruction of historic Chicago Public Parks
Could President Obama be the modern day “Devil In The White City”? Political opinions aside, nobody would argue that a Presidential Library in Chicago and especially on the south side of Chicago would be a huge boost to the cultural, educational and economic well-being of the neighborhoods that would surround it. The Question is: Why... Read more »

The July 10, 1893 World's Columbian Expo Cold Storage Fire and its Unknown Victim

The July 10, 1893 World's Columbian Expo Cold Storage Fire and its Unknown Victim
On the afternoon of Monday, July 10, 1893, four Chicago firemen, eight firemen hired by the Columbian Exposition and three civilians lost their lives in a fiery inferno that was the cold storage building. It was the greatest loss of life in the Chicago Fire Department until the Chicago Stockyards fire of December 22, 1910... Read more »
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Happy Birthday to Nicola Tesla the Real Wizard of Oz

Happy Birthday to Nicola Tesla the Real Wizard of Oz
It would be difficult to find someone who hasn’t heard of the L. Frank Baum story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  While many may not have read the original book published by Baum in 1900 it is a fair bet that most of us have seen the MGM movie, The Wizard of Oz (1939) starring... Read more »

FREE Tours of The White City at Jackson Park start June 7th

FREE Tours of The White City at Jackson Park start June 7th
Starting Saturday June 7, 2014 The Jackson Park Advisory Council in cooperation with Friends of The White City will be conducting FREE walking tours of the former grounds of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Jackson Park. The tours will take approximately 90 minutes and will start and end at the west end of the... Read more »

All Chicago Library Branches closed May 7th for H.H. Holmes Execution Day!

All Chicago Library Branches closed May 7th for H.H. Holmes Execution Day!
Well officially it is closed for a “staff training” day but we lovers of strange Chicago history know better! Born Herman Webster Mudgett and made a household name by Erik Larson’s Book “The Devil in The White City”, he graduated from the University of Michigan College of Medicine in 1884 and thereafter moved to Chicago... Read more »
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Indiana Jones on the north side of Chicago a.k.a. Architectural Artifacts, Inc.

Indiana Jones on the north side of Chicago a.k.a. Architectural Artifacts, Inc.
At 4325 N. Ravenswood in the great city that grew out of a little fort is a place that transports you not only to a by-gone era of Chicago but to that of America and the World!  When I had told a friend that I wanted to commit myself full-time to Chicago area history and... Read more »

A World's Fair Viking Ship in Geneva, Illinois!

A World's Fair Viking Ship in Geneva, Illinois!
A Viking Ship in Geneva, Illinois!  Who would have thunk it?   I would be completely remiss if doing a series of articles on the relics of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition if I didn’t talk about what very well could be the largest remaining artifact of the Fair if you don’t count the Museum of... Read more »

Ring in the New Year at Navy Pier with a Bell from The White City

Ring in the New Year at Navy Pier with a Bell from The White City
Wow! How’s that for a thoroughly confusing article title!  No kidding though! There will be hundreds if not thousands of people flocking to Navy Pier in Chicago for New Year’s festivities and never know how close they are to a historic relic from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition!  At the eastern most end of the... Read more »
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The Krupp Gun Pavilion at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition: The largest gun, a huge scandal, historic mystery and the cooling of the White City

The Krupp Gun Pavilion at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition: The largest gun, a huge scandal, historic mystery and the cooling of the White City
Again history can sometimes be stranger than fiction and again as I look closer at the history of the World’s Columbian Exposition I am never disappointed by what is uncovered.  Friedrich Alfred Krupp (1854 – 1902) was known as the richest man in Germany at the time of the World’s Columbian Exposition and his estimated... Read more »