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Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898

 
 
Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 8, 2010
1. Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898 Marker
Inscription. At this site in 1898, Omaha hosted the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition. Following the model of other “world's fairs,” the exposition highlighted the “Progress of the West,” drawing over 2.5 million admissions.
The exposition grounds encompassed an area from Ames to Binney, and 13th to 24th Streets. The Grand Court, from 16th to 24th Streets between Pinkney and Pratt, featured magnificent, though temporary, buildings around a five-block-long lagoon. The exhibition indulged Victorian curiosity about world cultures and featured the latest arts and sciences. Exotic midway displays, such as the “Streets of All Nations,” were complemented by a giant seesaw, wild animals, and an encampment of Native Americans performing mock battles and traditional dances. Many exhibits focused on the wonders of modern technology such as incubators, X-rays, and incandescent lighting.
“Peace Jubilee Week” in October celebrated the end of the Spanish-American War with a visit from President William McKinley. The war's aftermath, including the acquisition of America's first colony, the Philippines, was highlighted in 1899 during the Greater America Exposition, held on the remodeled Trans-Mississippi grounds. All of the buildings were later removed.
 
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Wide view of the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 8, 2010
2. Wide view of the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898 Marker
Trans-Mississippi Exposition Historical Association, Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 406.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 41° 17.44′ N, 95° 56.539′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is at the intersection of Florence Boulevard and Pinkney Street, on the left when traveling north on Florence Boulevard. Touch for map. The marker is located in Kountze Park. Marker is in this post office area: Omaha NE 68110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buffalo Bill at the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition and Indian Congress of 1898 (a few steps from this marker); Malcolm “X” (approx. 1.1 miles away); Joseph Francis Bauman (approx. 1.2 miles away); Spanish-American War Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); John Wesley Nichols (approx. 1.3 miles away); Alfred Sorenson (approx. 1.3 miles away); Johan and Sophia Ahmanson (approx. 1.3 miles away); William Davis Brown (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Omaha.
 
Also see . . .
1. Omaha Public Library - Trans Mississippi & International Exposition. (Submitted on July 13, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
Kountze Park image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 8, 2010
3. Kountze Park
The site of the Grand Court and Lagoon of the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898, now a suburban park and playground in suburban Omaha.

2. Trans-Mississippi Exposition, Omaha, Nebraska, 1898. (Submitted on July 13, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,004 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   3. submitted on July 14, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
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