1904 World's Fair
The Louisiana Purchase Exposition
St. Louis, Missouri

Music of the  1904 Era

Festival Hall
St. Louis Plaza
Art Palaces
Palace of Education
Palace of Education 
at Night
Palace of Mines and Metallurgy
Carnival Scene on Grand Basin
Palace of Liberal Arts
Palace of Machinery
Palace of Electricity
Palace of Manufactures

Fireside Stories

A Young Visitor
Months in Ten Languages
1904 World's Fair Links

Scenes From the 1893 Columbian Exposition

World Fair Links
Further Readings...

Christmas Countdown

Wash U Bears Football

Carnival Scene on Grand Basin
Carnival Scene on Grand Basin

The view given above shows a part of a water pageant crossing the Grand Basin.  This basin is a broad expanse of water lying between the Palaces of Electricity and Education and directly in front of the cascades.  The point of view is near the Louisiana Purchase Monument.  The Grand Basin is a part of the lagoon system, the lagoon to the right encircling the Palace of Electricity, and the one to the left surrounding the Palace of Education.  Upon these lagoons is a great variety of craft including gondolas brought from Venice, peacock boats, swan boats, dragon boats and handsome electric launches.  The trip is one of the romantic experiences of the visitor.  Upon the gala occasions which the picture illustrates, the boats are decked out in flowers, plants, flags and banners, and a procession thus organized makes a very beautiful scene.  At night colored lights serve for purposes of decoration.  The lagoons are in the heart of the Exposition and from the boats one may view the glorious central picture with unusual satisfaction and pleasure.

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