Seattle’s Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909)

Authorized birds eye view of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909)

Authorized birds eye view of Seattle's Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909)
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Date: 1909
Author: William Caughey
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Source: WSU
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This map isn't part of any series, but we have other maps of World's Fairs that you might want to check out.

In 1909 Seattle held a World's Fair to publicize the development in the Pacific Northwest. They called it the Alaska–Yukon–Pacific Exposition [gmap]. This is a promotional map of the midway and grounds of that exposition, which was held on the site that is presently the University of Washington's campus.

The public thought it was "Great fun" but "really nowhere near as cool as 1904"... Which kind of generally sums-up public reaction to every World's Fair since 1904.

A note of thanks:
This image is from the Washington State University Libraries, who are to be commended for doing the right thing and sharing their maps. It is my hope that other universities will come to share this progressive vision for the constructive stewardship of their collections. If you'd like to show your support for their level-headed and forward-thinking policies, one thing that I know would be apreciated would be to donate to their cause.

For more map resources and imagery from this period in Seattle's history, check out the Washington State Historical Society's website.



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