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Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898

 
 
Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 10, 2010
1. Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898 Marker
Inscription. In 1898, following the financial panic of 1893 and the droughts of 1894-95, a world-class exposition was held in Omaha under the guidance of Gurdon W. Wattles and other civic leaders. The Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition emulated earlier “world's fairs” such as at Chicago in 1893. Twenty-nine states, three territories, and eleven foreign countries were represented.
Exhibits illustrated the “Progress of the West” after the presumed closing of the frontier. The government authorized a congress of more than 500 Indians from thirty-five tribes, whose presence exhibited cultures seemingly doomed to extinction. Notable guests included President William McKinley, statesman William Jennings Bryan, and showman William F. (Buffalo Bill) Cody.
The exposition occupied a 184-acre tract encompassing present Kountze Park at 20th and Pinkney streets. Centered around a lagoon, the Grand Court was lined with monumental, though temporary, buildings constructed in the popular Neo-classical revival styles under supervision of architects C. Howard Walker and Thomas R. Kimball. The fair attracted over 2.5 million visitors from June through October and helped propel Omaha's development as a progressive commercial center in the twentieth century.
 
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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 10, 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 400.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 41° 15.549′ N, 95° 55.476′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Touch for map. The marker is located in Heartland of America Park along a walkway from a parking lot off Dodge Street to the park. The parking lot and marker are underneath the I-480/Gerald R. Ford Freeway Bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: Dodge Street, Omaha NE 68102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Walk (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Captain William Clark and Private Reuben Field (approx. 0.2 miles away); Omaha Firefighters Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Missouri River Flood (approx. 0.3 miles away); Labor (approx. 0.3 miles away); Millard Block 1880-1881 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Preserving Our Heritage (approx. 0.4 miles away); People, Places, and Stories (approx. 0.4 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 14, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Trans-Mississippi Exposition, Omaha, Nebraska, 1898. (Submitted on July 14, 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 14, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 859 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 14, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
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