Texas Centennial Exposition

Texas Centennial Exposition (HM2AAR)

Location: Dallas, TX 75226 Dallas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 46.902', W 96° 45.881'

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As plans began to take shape for the Centennial celebration of Texas Independence, a group of Dallas businessmen led by R.L. Thornton, Sr., Fred Florence, and Nathan Adams, joined together to promote the city as the host of the major Centennial event.

The Centennial Exposition Corporation, formed in 1935, took temporary control of the State Fair Grounds, and a team of over 100 architects, artists, and craftsmen soon began designing the exposition complex. Employing thousands of people in the midst of the Great Depression, the project resulted in the creation of impressive structures, works of art, and landscaping.

Officially opened by Gov. James Allred on June 6, 1936, activities of the exposition included a spectacular parade through downtown Dallas, guest speakers, and nationwide news coverage. In his speech to the crowd, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Daniel Roper declared, "America, here is Texas!" President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the exposition on June 12.

The exposition ran for 178 days, entertaining over six million people. It was a turning point in the development of the city of Dallas and left a legacy of art, history, architecture, and culture to generations of Texans.
Year Placed1988
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, August 13th, 2018 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 709348 N 3629298
Decimal Degrees32.78170000, -96.76468333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 46.902', W 96° 45.881'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 46' 54.12" N, 96° 45' 52.86" W
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Area Code(s)903, 214, 469, 972
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3633 Esplanade Pl, Dallas TX 75226, US
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