Cotton States Exposition of 1895

Cotton States Exposition of 1895 (HMBAU)

Location: Atlanta, GA 30309 Fulton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 47.188', W 84° 22.636'

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Was held for 100 days from Sept. 18, to Dec. 31, 1895 in Piedmont Park. This event was held at a time when the regions population was only 75,000 and economically depressed. The people of Atlanta raised two million dollars to finance a public exposition. The theme for the exposition was two fold; to exhibit the resources of the Cotton States; and to stimulate trade with Spanish American Countries. The exposition attracted over 800,000 visitors from 37 states and foreign countries. Eleven elaborate exhibition buildings were built to house 6,000 exhibits. Principal buildings included the 65,000 sq. ft. US Government Building, the Negro Building, Women's Building, Georgia Building, Electrical Building. Other attractions included a Ferris Wheel, moving picture theater, water rides, reunion of Confederate and Union soldiers, University of Georgia vs. Auburn University football game, the Liberty Bell, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, President Grover Cleveland and John Philips Sousa composed the King Cotton March for the occasion. All citizens were involved in the exposition and the success of the exposition proved to lift the community to a high plane of prosperity and public spirit.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number060-177
Year Placed1995
Placed ByGeorgia Historic Marker
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 7:11pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 742840 N 3741572
Decimal Degrees33.78646667, -84.37726667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 47.188', W 84° 22.636'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 47' 11.28" N, 84° 22' 38.16" W
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Area Code(s)404, 678, 770
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 125 Active Oval Loop, Atlanta GA 30309, US
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