Exhibits at the Chicago's Fair
Just like all fairs, some exhibits were mediocre. A woman from Missouri was sent to make sculptures out of butter, people that were visited Pennslyvania's exhibit saw a map of the United States made of pickles, and on the Midway they saw a two-headed pig. But other then that most visitors were treated to some incredible sights. They had moveable sidewalks that transported them over the half-mile pier that reached into Lake Michigan. The Electricity Building's glowed at night because of nearly 13,000 lightbulbs. For the visitors who only knew of kerosene lamps, the electric lights seemed like a miracle. Chicago answered Paris's Eiffel Tower by uncovering the world's first Ferris Wheel. George Washington Ferris was 34 when we designed. It was a monster. It stood 140 feet high, accommodated 60 passengersin each of its 36 glass cabs, and held 2,160 riders at one given time. It also rotated on a 45 ton axle (the largest piece of steel ever forged at that time. Exhibits also included a reproduction of the Santa Maria. The Midway Plaisance offered visitors a sneak-peek into other life and culture around the globe. Also, promotional poster were put up to promote the fair. The posters billed the exposition as "forming in its entirely the most significant and grandest spectacle of modern times." Most visitors agreed with that statement.