Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition

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The Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, held during the summer of 1909, was the first "world's fair" held in Seattle. Capitalizing on the popularity of the booming gold rush, the exposition was designed to showcase the riches of the Pacific Northwest and highlight trade with the Pacific Rim nations and beyond. Millions of visitors came to Seattle to experience the one-of-a-kind attractions, exhibits, and events held during the AY PE, which became the footprint for the modern University of Washington campus. Many of these visitors stayed to populate the growing metropolis. From the ornate European-style architecture to the fountains and gardens, the amusements of the Pay Streak, and the exotic Oriental exhibits, the AYPE entertained and educated while bringing needed business to Washington State.
ISBN: 9780738571324
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 191
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors Shauna and Brennan O'Reilly are Seattle-area natives and graduates of the University of Washington. Shauna has worked for over three years at UW Special Collections Library, where she became passionate about the AY PE. Brennan is a collector of local history artifacts and is a published author. They have gathered from UW Special Collections Library and Museum of History and Industry hundreds of stunning images that capture the spirit of the AY PE.
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