Using the Archives for Public and Mental Health. Time Travel to 1893 to Chicago, for the World's Columbian Exposition and see what they saw.
“A sea of human faces stretch far away on either side. The hum of voices fills the great building like the muttering of a distant storm. As the head of the procession reaches the main entrance a band strikes up a national air and the great audience rises and cheers until the hollow dome thunders and roars in concord. So the august guests of Chicago are welcomed to the world's fair. And what do the wonder-stricken visitors see? Palaces more magnificent than ever graced Babylon, Athens or Rome in their palmiest days. The grandeur of Greece and the glory of Rome are eclipsed on the shores of Lake Michigan. The marvelous beauty of Venice has been surpassed in the new world. The marques and minarets of Byzantium are reproduced on a more stately scale. The Roman Coliseum becomes a puny barrack besides the magnificent structure which covers thirty acres of ground, and will contain a half a million people. The roof is like the sky supported by the pillars of Hercules. So vast, so heaven reaching that the crowd of 100,000 guests occupy but a small portion of the space beneath the great glass ceiling. It is one of the most remarkable scenes ever witnessed.”
“Electricity. Side by side with the advance of steam has been the advance of electricity. Now it is forging ahead. Men who have done what wizards might be proud to do, have snatched the lightning from the clouds, have chained and harnessed it, have tamed it and called it servant! It is an age of wonders, and no longer is the world amazed when something is done that but a few centuries ago would have sent the doer to a witch's doom.”
“Restaurants. According to present plans, fully 150 restaurants and cafes will be in operation in the various buildings and about the grounds. These will be conveniently distributed and will have an estimated seating capacity of from 60,000 to 80.000 people.”
“Millions of Americans who live far within the interior of the country have never seen a battleship, and this opportunity to see the perfect representation of one is a great pleasure to them.”
“In no other department of the Fair is shown a greater diversity of exhibits than in the Mines and Mining building. Not only is there a dazzling array of diamonds, opals, emeralds and other gems, and of the precious metals, but a most extensive collection of iron, copper, lead, and other ores and of their products; of coal, granite, marble and sandstones; of soils, salt and petroleum, and indeed of everything useful or beautiful produced from the mineral kingdom.”